In the middle of a group trip through the mountains, we stopped to admire the landscape that was in front of us. It was supreme, unbelievable, so much to see and comprehend. We turned our heads all around trying to see everything, and even in that way we couldn’t see it all at once for our eyes could only capture a section at a time. Even still it was tremendous.
We were so impressed with the view that each person made an attempt to let the people we left at home know all about this place.
One person took a picture with a polaroid camera that spit out the photo shortly after you pressed the button. Details of the scene were transformed in the photo either because the camera could only focus on one spot, or because the colors were transformed and not the true colors. In any case, the photo looked funny and did not capture the beauty of this place.
Another person painted a picture. He painted only a section of the view of what his eyes could see. The painting was fabulous and of course the artist could see what he left out. But in the eyes of others it was a nice painting and nothing more.
Another person decided to write a poem. His description was great, and when he read it his emotions were expressed through the tears in his eyes. But when he passed it to others, they read it with cold emotion. Only a touch of inspiration was noted but they saw only a poem.
Another person decided to take a tablet and describe it. Taking the time to put her thoughts in what she saw, trying to describe every detail that she remembered. In another’s hand it was a long description with many details of a nice place. But, without the knowledge of the place it became a long, long summary. Oh, oh, oh.
And when comparing the picture, the painting, the poem and the description of this place it was like they were describing different locations. Yet we know it was the same place.
Isn’t that the same with God, with our faith, with our religion. Think about it. How can we express in one minute, in one hour, in one life time the whole panorama of the magnificence of God? How can we express the emotion that comes in us and most of all how can we make ourselves understood for the people that haven’t been there?
So let us, being simple, start with understanding the words “I am”.