Things aren’t always what they seem, right? An event that appears horrible or at least annoying turns out to have a good outcome, when seen in the right light (and yes, that is a bit of foreshadowing – pun intended). The Bible says Christians should consider it pure joy when they encounter tests of their faith, because the testing is necessary to produce maturity. So I found this fascinating. John Muntean, A PhD in chemistry, has discovered this same reality via sculpture. His works of art only make sense when seen in the right light, at the right angle. This is his philosophy, as taken from his web site:
You are a three-dimensional being, locked into four-dimensional space-time. Are you observing a universe that is casting shadows from a higher dimension? If so, are you a projection that does not exist in any one “slice” through space-time? How does this effect your perception of locality? Are you like the prisoner in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, watching shadows and convinced you are observing the universe as it is? Is it possible to break free and see the truth as the prisoner does?
Check out this video to view Muntean’s remarkable sculptures of light:
How curious that Jesus speaks in the same kind of way when describing how things really are. He says in John 3,
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” (verses 19-21).
According to Christ, the light of God’s being reveals the real situation facing every human – the horrible nature of even our mildly bad actions in comparison with pure and righteous God. And this light also reveals that we need a transformation that comes from outside this world, or dimension, and comes from the one who lives in the 4th dimension and beyond.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17).
I don’t want to belittle whatever trial you may be facing today. But I do want to encourage you that, from a different perspective, in particular God’s, your lopsided, nonsensical life may actually have a very important and clear purpose. He wants to share that with you, if you’ll just come into the light.