Divinity is not playful.
The universe was not made in jest
but in solemn incomprehensible earnest.
By a power that is unfathomably secret,
There is nothing to be done about it,
but ignore it,
~Annie Dillard from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—
his eternal power and divine nature—
have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made,
so that people are without excuse.
We weren’t conceived by random happenstance,
including so many millions not welcomed
but wished or washed away before taking a breath.
We are here because we were earnestly needed and wanted,
by a power and divinity beyond comprehension
with a capacity for love and compassion
beyond anything in our earthly experience.
We aren’t a cosmic joke,
or random couplings of DNA.
We aren’t pawns in the universe’s chess game.
We may look silly as we intentionally loll about in the smelly stuff of life,
or we may think what we say or do doesn’t matter a hill of beans,
but we are created to clearly see God for who He is,
and in whose image He made us.
He won’t be ignored;
we have no more excuses.
It is time to open our eyes,
to come and see.