So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18
We are fixated on being able to see everything. We construct microscopes and particle accelerators in order to find the tiniest specks of reality. We peer into what is smaller and smaller until we can see only energy and forces interacting. We send giant telescopes into space so that we can gaze across the cosmos. Farther and farther, and eventually our stare is lost to time and distance.
We say “seeing is believing” but we build technologies to retouch and morph every image we record. Yet even as we know this is true, we gather and store anything we come across that strikes our fancy. And we spend time looking at what friends and strangers have captured as well.
Everything we see, from the smallest to the largest to the most distant to the most beautiful, began as something unseen—all of it originated in the imagination of God. Every quark and galaxy and stalk of corn and child first existed as one of His thoughts. To God there is no “seen or unseen,” for He can create anything which He can imagine.
All of this artistry and energy, and God chooses to love us. This immense universe of which we can only perceive a small part, and God is intimately concerned with each of us. Can we see love? Yes, but we don’t really see it. It is unseen, but we see it. God is unseen, but we see Him, the one who used His amazing power as an act of love towards us. Look at what we cannot see!