Now in this great thought of Creation involving Providence and Redemption there are three things to encourage us.

First, there is the fact that the material world originated from the spiritual; the visible from the invisible. It is the unseen forces that give shape and form to the things which are. The phenomenal world is but the expression of invisible forces. The Unseen dominates and rules the seen. It would seem as if all force is, in the last analysis, spiritual, and has its seat and origin in God. The Unseen is the eternal and unchangeable; the visible is temporal and perishable. A mighty truth is contained in that word of St. Paul, “All things work together for good … while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are not seen are eternal.” And all those unseen verities and forces have their root in God.

When that my soul, too far from God,


In earthy furrows crawled about,

An insect on a dusty clod

Wandering wingless in and out:

At deepest dusk I looked above

And saw a million worlds alight,

That burnt the mortal veils of Love

And left it shining infinite:

I gazed and gazed with lifted head

Until I found my heart had wings,

And now my soul has ceased to dread

The weary dust of earthly things.


Note: Rachel Annand Taylor.

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