Looking Out and Looking
In Microscopes, Telescopes, and Faith
invention of the microscope and the telescope marked an end to our provincial
view of the world. “What you see is not what you get.” The
world turned out to be much larger and much smaller than anyone could
With the discovery of the microscopic and macroscopic
worlds came doubts and challenges. Some closed their eyes and pretended
that the new worlds did not exist. The size and challenge of knowing
the great and the small was too scary. Others found the beauty of the
large and small world to be a testimony to the wonder of God.
The world of faith has its microscopic and macroscopic
views. God has called us to look inward and outward. He has shown us
that our souls are deep and wide, requiring our attention. God has also
turned our eyes to the world around us. No longer can we be comfortable
in our own communities. We are called to care for the whole world. The
human family has become our family.
Some people are frightened of their own souls
and of the world around them. They live in a provincial land of denial,
afraid to look to deeply inside themselves and too selfish to give themselves
to the world. For those who are ready to become pilgrims and wanderers,
the nurture of the soul becomes a spiritual frontier, and the care of
God’s humanity a joyous calling.
Are you ready for the inward and outward journey