WHICH EYE PERCEIVED NOT
BY: ADOLPH E. KNOCH
EVER SINCE my school days, when I was once asked to take a class in astronomy in the teacher’s absence, and deal with the subject of dark stars, these have had a special interest for me. There was a fascination in the thought that, in the vast fields of space, there might be innumerable objects, which we cannot see, but which may possess an interest even greater than the luminous or illuminated glories that greet our gaze. They would be somewhat like the secrets of God’s revelation, hidden from our sight until His appointed time.
In those days dark stars could be detected only by their effects on luminous orbs. Some of these were suddenly or periodically eclipsed, so that the only cause seemed to be an intervening invisible opaque body. Others were drawn from their courses, so that the presence of an unseen star seemed indicated. Now, however, we are no longer dependent on such guesses. We have means of “seeing” much that our human eye cannot see, because it is outside its range. Instruments which register light waves much shorter than those, which affect the human eye can “see” much that otherwise would be invisible.
It was long supposed that the largest star in the heavens is Epsilon Aurigae, which can be seen with the naked eye. Now a companion of this star, which gives an infrared light, hence is invisible to the unaided eye, has taken the leading place, as it seems to have ten times as great a diameter. This mammoth is supposed to be twenty-seven billion times the size of our sun, while the former was “only” twenty-seven million times as great. Without pinning our faith to any figures, the thought of such immensity must magnify the greatness of the Creator, and grind us to fine powder in His sight.
Is not this a parable to the spiritual? God has prepared great surprises for those who love Him, which the human eye is too limited to perceive. Only by the metaphysical perception of the spirit can we apprehend the great mysteries or secrets, which are not apparent to the eye of flesh. Only those who have God’s spirit are outfitted for the exploration of His wonders. The rest are blind to the greatest of His works. How blessed is the privilege of entering into the depths of God!
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