Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Carlyle: illusion and reality

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
    Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
    —Proverbs 9:8 (NIV)
    Sweep away the illusion of time; glance, if thou have eyes, from the near moving cause to its far distant mover. The stroke that came transmitted through a whole galaxy of elastic balls, was it less a stroke than if the last ball only had been struck, and sent flying? Oh, could I transport thee direct from the beginnings to the endings, how were thy eyesight unsealed, and thy heart set flaming in the light-sea of celestial wonder! Then sawest thou that this fair universe, were it in the meanest province thereof, is in very deed the Stardomed City of God; that through every star, through every grass-blade, and most through every living soul, the glory of a present God still beams. But Nature, which is the time-vesture of God, and reveals Him to the wise, hides Him from the foolish.
    ... Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Sartor Resartus, 2nd ed., Philadelphia: Munroe & Co., 1837, p. 267-268 (see the book)
    See also Prov. 9:8; Deut. 4:19; Ps. 8:1-4; 33:6-9; Matt. 5:45; John 1:18; Rom. 1:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I witness Your hand in the universe.
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