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Topic: Expand (07/18/13)
TITLE: See the Whole Elephant
By Ron Barnes
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There is a very famous poem called “The Six Blind Men and the Elephant”. In the poem, six blind men try to describe an elephant by touching certain parts of it. The one who touches the elephant’s side says it is like a wall. The one who feels the leg says it is like a tree trunk. The one who touches the tusk says it is like a spear. The one who grabs the tail says it is like a rope. The one who feels trunk says it is like a snake. And the one who feels the ear says it is like a palm leaf.
1 Corinthians 13:12 tells us, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”. We are like the six blind men. We grasp a part of God and claim we know all of Him. But God is bigger than our understanding of Him. To truly understand God, we would have to be able to see through his eyes, which can see beyond our limited concept of space and time. We would have to have a mind with all the wisdom in the universe. Obviously, this is not going to happen in our lifetime.
The good news is we may be getting there. As we expand our understanding of God’s universe, we expand our understanding of God’s true majesty. The people of Biblical times saw the universe as a flat disk covered by a dome. We now know that God’s universe is much bigger than that. The people of Biblical times thought that everything was made of earth, wind, fire and water. We are now able to know the many different molecules and atoms which make up our world and even the smaller parts which make up these atoms.
As we expand our knowledge of God’s universe, we can also expand our appreciation of how God’s Spirit is present in every part of that universe. As we learn more about the wonders of the heavens, we can appreciate the power which created those wonders. As we learn more about the matter and energy which make up everything in our world, we can feel the presence of God in every particle. Although we still have a long way to go, I believe we are growing toward what our Father intended when He created us.
And hopefully, some day we will be able to expand our vision and understanding to see the whole elephant.
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