Today I stumbled upon a beautiful piece of writing by the 19th Century preacher Octavius Winslow. Despite not being a Christian myself, I feel a deep affinity with the view of God presented in the poem. It seems to fit in well with the theme of this blog – the ‘perfect chaos’ of God’s world.
Have a read or a listen (a YouTube video of the piece is embedded below) and let me know what you think in the comments!
All is Transparent and Harmonious to His Eye!
(From Octavius Winslow’s, “My Times in God’s Hand”)
We live in a world of mysteries.
They meet our eye, awaken our inquiry,
and baffle our investigation at every step.
Nature is a vast arcade of mysteries.
Science is a mystery.
Truth is a mystery.
Religion is a mystery.
Our existence is a mystery.
The future of our being is a mystery.
And God, who alone can explain all mysteries,
is the greatest mystery of all. How little do
we understand of the inexplicable wonders of a
wonder working God, “whose thoughts are a great
deep,” and “whose ways are past finding out.”
But to God nothing is mysterious.
In His purpose, nothing is unfixed.
In His forethought, nothing is unknown.
In His providence, nothing is contingent.
His glance pierces the future as vividly
as it beholds the past. “He knows the
end from the beginning.”
All His doings are parts of a divine,
eternal, and harmonious plan.
He may make ”darkness his secret place; His
pavilion round about him dark waters, and
thick clouds of the skies,” and to human vision
His dispensations may appear gloomy, discrepant,
and confused. Yet He is “working all things
after the counsel of His own will,” and all is
transparent and harmonious to His eye!