Expressing the Invisible God

I’ll never forget what my instructor said to the class on my first day of military tech school for satellite communications. “In order to do this job well, you have to be able to see the invisible.” He went on to introduce us to the world of frequencies and throughout the course explain the nature of unseen waves and their different characteristics and how the all of the instruments that humans use to enhance our ability to “see the unseen” are based on functionality of either the human body or what we observed from other creatures in nature. But the very philosophical question he posed that has been working on me for decades now is, “How did we know to look for these invisible frequencies in the first place?” It would make no sense to create a tool to find something that you didn’t suspect was there. And an even deeper question that he and I talked about outside of class was,”is it possible that what we are looking for wants to be found just as much as we want to find it?”

So one day after prayer, meditation, and contemplation on some of these ideas, I started thinking about the Christian teachings that say that we are created in the image and likeness of God. And without going into the long train of thought that got me here, I arrived at the thought, “If God is invisible and I am in the image and likeness of God, then I must be invisible too. And so, I said to myself, “I am invisible.”

Now at first, I thought about the cartoonish idea of invisible–a hat and a shirt floating around that demonstrates my invisibility. But from there, the idea expanded when I considered that in many ways I had experienced invisibility my entire life. And it wasn’t because my body wasn’t seen. But rather, it was precisely because my body was seen, that the greater part of who I am was rendered invisible. And I bet each and everyone of you knows what that is like in your own ways. And so, emboldened by this awareness, I decided to embrace my invisibility and amazing things started to happen.

Now, being guided by the two great commandments that invite us to love God and neighbors as myself, I desired that lightness of being for everyone. And so, as I went about my day, I would say to myself of every person I encountered, “that person is invisible.” What this did was free me from any presupposition that I could tell anything about anyone simply from looking at their bodies just as I would not want people to suppose that they know anything about me simply from looking at mine.  But more than that, this practice reminded me that behind everyone and everything there is a story of how they came into the world that I do not know. And so, I extended my witnessing of the invisible nature to everything. “That tree is invisible. My car is invisible. My phone is invisible. This Church is invisible.” And suddenly, the world was full of wonder.

This poem below is a product of this wonder. I wrote it a number of years ago. But now it has come back to me for deeper reflection.

Our Guardian Whose Art Is Heaven

Our Guardian Whose Art is Heaven

On this and every other plane

Thanks for calling us into being

And holding us in Your Name

We seek to find your Kingdom

We live for it to come

A world beyond division

Where all are known as One

A place of infinite creation

Where all that’s good will last

Our future and our hope

Without the burdens of the past

Thy will for us is done

By Your Heaven born Design

As soon as we surrender

And walk the narrow line

By Your Word You feed us daily

With everything we need

Satisfying Holy hungers

That this world could never feed

You share the joy of Your forgiveness

By instructing we do it too

Forgiving others when they trespass

For they know not what they do

This frees us from temptation

From error we’re delivered

We enter into the Kingdom

When we imitate the Giver

In that State we behold Your Glory

And Your unassuming Power

That’s been our Light in a world of darkness

Preparing us for our hour

You’ve been creating us in Your Image

Though invisible it may be

Teaching us to practice the Art of Heaven

That only opened eyes can see

© Copyright 2015 Pedro S. Silva II

1 John 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when God is revealed, we will be like God, for we will see God as God is.

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