I had a little experience this weekend that was what my aunt would call a “Godincidence”, and what I would call “an event that seems like it might have been a direct answer to a prayer but could have just been a coincidence and since I try not to state definitively what is and is not a direct act of God in my life I’ll leave it to you to decide”. (My aunt’s term is better). Anyway, since I know everyone likes to hear little stories like this I thought I’d share:
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m reading Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe. When I got to the part about the fascinating behavior of light I was reminded that, for a long time, it’s seemed to me that light might be very closely associated with God. Even when I was still basically an atheist but considering exploring religion, when I read about light and its behavior I thought, very un-eloquently, “that seems kind of God-ish”. I would read about things like the fact that time slows down as you approach light speed; or that light exists in an “immortal” timeless/ageless state (as one physicist put it: “the universe ages, light does not”); that the combined speed of any object’s motion through space and its motion though time is always exactly equal to the speed of light, etc.; then I would recall that those Christians were always associating God with light, and I’d think…hmmm…is there anything to that?
Anyway, all these thoughts were rekindled Saturday night as I read about light and relativity. The last sentence I read said:
No matter how hard you chase after a beam of light, it still retreats from you at light speed.
Wow! I put the book down after I read that to think about it. I find this concept of not ever being able to approach light so fascinating, especially the potential relation to God, that I cost myself some much-needed sleep lying awake to ponder it. I eventually said a heart-felt prayer asking God to let me know if there was anything to this, and finally drifted off to sleep.
The next day my mother-in-law was feeling down, so I Googled around for some inspirational Bible verses to cheer her up, and I came across the “fight the good fight” line in Chapter 6 of Paul’s First Letter to Timothy. In true procrastinator fashion, decided to skim the rest of the chapter. The first thing I saw was verse 16, which refers to God as he “who lives in unapproachable light”.
I thought that was interesting.