For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:9
Part one of our topic on the Holy Spirit began with the concept of the ‘Trinity’. In Christian faith, we believe in one God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. Three entities of the same being, three wholly different individuals, yet one and the same.
Whether you are a Christian or not, there’s no denying that this idea is a difficult one to grasp. During the service, Pastor Joe gave an analogy using three paddle pop sticks. Separate, the same, and when stacked one behind the other, we see only one paddle pop stick. My brother, who shares my love for superheroes, made the analogy that this ‘Trinity’ is like one particular hero, who consists of two different people that merge into one body and become Firestorm.
However, even these two analogies don’t quite capture the concept. At the end of the day, those paddle pop sticks are completely separate. Firestorm is of one body, but the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not necessarily so. It really can be confusing.
But should we be worried that we cannot fully comprehend the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit? Definitely not!
In a modern society where we know so much about the world around us, there is little that causes us to stop and stare in awe. Sometimes, the moment we understand something, we lose a sense of admiration and excitement.
When you play peek-a-boo with a baby, the reaction isn’t quite the same as doing it with a five-year-old, is it? Where you see the baby experience surprise, curiosity, happiness, and cheer, the five-year-old would scoff that you would try such a game with him. He knows you haven’t just vanished. But the baby doesn’t understand where you’ve gone when your face disappears. She’s still full of wonder, and it’s a beautiful thing to see.
Our God is ever present, all knowing, and without beginning nor end. He is beyond our comprehension, and we should be glad in that. For what is a god that sits on our level of thought? How can we marvel at things greater than ourselves if we already have all the answers? To know that His thoughts and His ways are higher than we can ever conceive should be enough to keep us in wonder and amazement of our everlasting Lord. We are not concerned about having all the answers because our faith does not lean on our own understandings, but on God’s wisdom.
Nathan Ricabo is a young professional from Canberra.