The Invisible World We Ignore at Our Peril

Moses could see the unseeable. “Moses” by Michelangelo in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. (The horns on Moses’s head are attributed to the Latin translation of the Bible at the time of the statue’s creation.) (Jorg Bittner Unna CC BY 3.0)

In our increasingly materially focused world, a world in which image is king over content, it is worth bearing in mind that sometimes the invisible aspects of life, the worlds that lie beneath what we see with the naked human eye, are of far greater import.

There is a wonderful story from the Book of the Hebrews (11:27) where it says of Moses in a flash of inspired insight: “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.”

He endured all manner of hardship because he was able to see “Him who is unseen.” He saw what was invisible and unseeable. What a figure of speech we have here—an oxymoron, or paradox. Yet we know what this means, because in our imaginations we can see the invisible, and this seeing the invisible is correlated with faith: Beyond the evidences of our senses, we know some deeper truth, and this truth gives us an unstoppable power if, like Moses, we embrace and believe in it.