Rather, we are uplifted . . .

Since, then, thou dost fill the heaven and earth, do they contain thee? Or, dost thou fill and overflow them, because they cannot contain thee? And where dost thou pour out what remains of thee after heaven and earth are full? Or, indeed, is there no need that thou, who dost contain all things, shouldst be contained by any, since those things which thou dost fill thou fillest by containing them? For the vessels which thou dost fill do not confine thee, since even if they were broken, thou wouldst not be poured out. And, when thou art poured out on us, thou art not thereby brought down; rather, we are uplifted.

Thou art not scattered; rather, thou dost gather us together. But when thou dost fill all things, dost thou fill them with thy whole being? Or, since not even all things together could contain thee altogether, does any one thing contain a single part, and do all things contain that same part at the same time? Do singulars contain thee singly? Do greater things contain more of thee, and smaller things less? Or, is it not rather that thou art wholly present everywhere, yet in such a way that nothing contains thee wholly? ~Augustine

Teleological arguments aside, I believe these profoundly worded thoughts of Augustine reflect the thoughts and contemplations of many if not most Christians.  Of course, comprehending the ways and transcendence of God is useless in one sense–because I simply can’t; yet the act of doing so is also entirely worthwhile, but not because I can reach some weighty logical conclusion, but rather because I can’t.

If God’s greatness were all of a sudden understandable, then His greatness would soon cease to be great at all. The exercise of pondering God’s greatness leads not to a logical conclusion–but rather, it leads to a greater awareness of the inconceivable awesomeness of my Father.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways” ~Isaiah 55:8-9


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