Divine Perspective


South African countryside river crossing road trip off road.

Travel enough dirt roads and eventually you encounter an overflowed river. Problem was the water was so brown we couldn’t gauge how deep it was, and we don’t have a 4 x 4. I walked in front of the car checking the depth and for rocks a few times. Click image to enlarge.

The more you know of God the more capacity you have to worship Him.

A few years ago Liezl, the kids and I journeyed from Johannesburg to Cape Town via dirt roads. We didn’t spend much time planning the route, we didn’t take a GPS, we just hit the track with an old map book in one hand and an adventurous spirit in the other. Our only real aim was to stay as far away from concrete highways as possible, to go through as many small tucked away villages as we could, to lose cellphone signal as many times as possible and to see as much of the South Africa countryside in three days as we could.

We went off the map, we nearly ran out of petrol, we drove through one horse towns with no people and only stray dogs, we waded rivers, we slept in tents, we took too long, we framed memories, we cut through gorges, we crossed mountains; it was truly amazing.

Driving through the Karoo one could tangibly feel nothingness. An odd tree, a sign post every few hundred kilometres but for the most part it looks like the moon. Desolate, barren and colourless. Of course these conditions make for great night skies; no lights, no smog, no people. The crystal clear atmosphere opens up the splendour of the heavens which lie unimpeded, adorned in their majestic beauty.

South African Large Telescope Sutherland Northern Cape South Africa SALT off road road trip

It is hard to describe how beautiful this tree is. When heading towards Sutherland the ground is grey and the plants all have a grey hue to them. It kinda looks like the surface of the moon. Then this tree appeared. Absolutely startlingly beautiful. Click image to enlarge.

We detoured through Sutherland, home of the South African Large Telescope (SALT). The SALT is a 66m2 area optical telescope with a nominally 9.2 meter aperture but up to about 11.1m x ~9.8 m diameter aperture, and designed mainly for spectroscopy. I could loose you with more technical mumbo jumbo but the point is that this device opens the universe. It takes pictures of distant things and brings them into focus.

We say that God is Transcendent; that He surpasses physical existence and is also independent of it but at the same time we acknoweldge that He can be known not just be known of. The Bible is the telescope by which God brings Himself into our view. It’s the tool by which the pictue of God is brought into focus.

1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true;
they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey
and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Acquit me of hidden faults.
13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Want to hear the verse in context? Psalm 16 – 30
What is this about?

The more you know of God the more capacity you have to worship Him.

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2 thoughts on “Divine Perspective

  1. Great post. As cliched as it sounds, sometimes our lives are the only Bible some people will read. Or put another way, our lives are the only link people have to the Bible itself. Our lives are the entrance hall that people must pass through the get to the kitchen where everything really happens. We’re like the lens cap on the telescopic lens if that makes sense!

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