20 November 2001
I believe in magic.
I believe in magic for some of the same reasons I believe in god. The universe is a big strange place that we take for granted until something either goes wrong or wow’s us. God set in motion the creation of a wonderful, amazing, magical world where life could rejoice. Currently a safe-haven for critters that use oxygen as an energy source, the earth and all its creatures is a magical place full of wonder.
Arabella Buckley wrote a book for children called Fairy Land of Science in 1878 it contained some of the most up-to-date information on science of the time. In it she used the metaphor of fairies to stand in for the unseen forces of nature– to give shape to something scientists of the time were just coming to grips with– to give children a way in to the mysterious world of science.
I think we need more fairies in our lives. Fairies to remind us of how utterly wonderful the world we live in can be. It is so easy to forget that a single drop of water can show you the world in miniature– upside down no less!
All the little miracles of life– all the amazing magic of the world is god’s gift to everyone on the planet. In the rush of human society it is easy to become absorbed in wholly human pursuits and forget the gigantic world outside.
On Saturday night I stood outside a friend’s apartment at two in the morning and watched the stars zoom through the sky. Our normally rainy Pacific Northwest weather cleared for the best night of the Leonid meteor shower. I stood in the frosty night craning my neck up at the sky as meteors went by on every side. It was so exciting that I only gave it up once my neck was aching and my hands freezing. I had no control over it. The meteors would come and go– zipping across the sky– dancing to the universal music– not caring if I watched or not and beautiful none-the-less.
- I need fairies and magic and the unexpected to remind me that there is joy in this life and that very little is up to me.
- I hear god whisper when I am alone, I made this– it is beautiful.
- I hear god whisper when I am with friends, life is beautiful.
- I hear god whisper when I watch the world, make my world beautiful.
- I hear god shout when I hold my son, look mom the sun came around to our side of the planet! It’s time to get up!
I think god speaks most clearly through a child’s voice. The world is beautiful. The son is with us on our planet. It’s time to get up and witness the magic.