“What happens after geometry? Is there more geometry, like Geometry 2 or something?” Shelly asked.
I replied, “Yes. You can take what you did in two dimensions and do them in three dimensions. Then you extend that to n dimensions.”
“You mean fourth and fifth dimensions? What are those?”
To answer this, I played the “Imagining the Tenth Dimension” video. The whole family gathered around.
“I was with it until the sixth dimension,” Trevor said, and peeled away partway through. Kay also excused herself. But Shelly and Erin stuck it through.
Afterwards, we the three diehards cleaned the kitchen together. Shelly said, “I wish I could remember all the steps in that video. Then I could tell it to my friends!”
I laughed, “But then you wouldn’t have any friends!”
I told them how I’ve been fascinated by higher dimensions since I read Flatland back in junior high. “Imagine a sphere passing through Flatland: To a Flatlander, it appears to be a dot, then a growing circle, then a shrinking circle, then a dot again and it disappears. I think this explains how angels are able to appear and disappear.
“Picture the angels appearing to the shepherds,” I continued. “They walk over to where the shepherds are. One of them steps into our dimension and talks to the shepherds. All the others are right there, waiting to step in. One of them counts off, ‘A-one and a-two and a-three and a-four,'” and I took a big step forward in the kitchen and sang, “Ha-llelujah!”
The evening ended with me digging out my old copy of Angels On Assignment. I read some of the curious bits, but then showed them the sketch the angel drew to explain how all of God’s promises are already complete. “Look,” I said, “doesn’t this remind you of the dimensions video? The angel says we focus on one spot of trouble until it fills the whole frame. We need to step back and look at Jesus to see the whole picture.”
As I tucked the girls into bed, I must have said something about dimensionality and God’s presence because Erin remarked, “I’ve never felt the presence of God.”
“It’s something you can learn to do,” I said. “Watch, I’m going to do it now. …There, did you see that?”
“See what?” Erin asked.
“Exactly,” I said, “it’s not something visible. Worship is how you become aware of the presence of God, and at its heart, it’s something invisible. Right then, in that moment, I worshiped and felt God’s presence. It’s like a muscle, a spiritual worship muscle: You can strengthen it, and the more you use it, the easier it becomes.”