Spiritual geometry

January 18, 2009

“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.”

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

4 responses to Spiritual geometry

  1. I’m totally with Trevor – after the 6th it’s gobbledy gook. Sorry! But I loved your post. Cool to think about the angels that way. I love being reminded that there is so much we don’t know or understand, and God is way cooler than we ever imagine!

  2. But Katherine, that means you made it to the sixth dimension. Sixth!

  3. This video has had me pondering about the fourth dimension and answers to prayer. It’s like we can see a little part of our answer bulging out in our time, but the full thing is not revealed yet. I’m especially pondering how this might apply to the church building we are asking God to be able to rent – we see so much of Him working, but are living in the frustration of incomplete fulfillment so far…at least where we are on the time line. Thanks for sharing this video – it was very thought-provoking.

  4. Andrea, I think you broke my blog! (Not really, but I had to switch the video because it was no longer loading, and preventing my blog from showing.)
    Anyway, this helps me with the tension we feel in the “now and not yet” nature of the kingdom. Just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it is incomplete.