In an earlier post about prayer (Shooting Pigeons) I used the illustration of a radio telescope. These instruments are so finely tuned they can pick up the tiniest ripples in spacetime, e.g. the cosmic microwave background radiation from the Big Bang.

In a similar way, humans are calibrated to hear echoes from God’s original creation, which N. T. Wright (Simply Christian) suggests are:

. . . the longing for justice, the quest for spirituality, the hunger for relationships, and the delight in beauty. Each of these points beyond itself, though without in itself enabling us to deduce very much about the world except that it is a strange and exciting place.

The widespread hunger which has been reported in various ways across the whole of human experience is a genuine signpost to something which remains just around the corner, out of sight. It may be the echo of a voice—a voice which is calling, not so loudly as to compel us to listen whether we choose to or not, but not so quietly as to be drowned out altogether by the noises going on in our heads and our world.

The Christian’s hope is that one day these echoes will give way to direct experience. In the presence of the Speaker, justice will reign, the spirit will blossom, relationships will be whole and beauty will fill the heavens and the earth.

Amen—so be it.


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