I find that if a phrase seems beautiful and poetic, it is usually not considered so because of a well-placed inflection, a mere complex wording or surprising diction, but because it strikes a truth that our hearts know, but our minds are not aware of. After all, if we are made in the image and likeness of God then we have hearts shaped with divine truths, and souls molded with the answers to questions the brain asks.

Thus it is with the phrase “unimaginable love.” We use this term to describe God’s love for us, but – until a conversation with a good friend – I don’t believe I thought more of it than a pretty phrase. What does it actually mean, that God’s love is unimaginable? It means that God’s love really exists.

For something cannot be both entirely created by the human mind and entirely beyond the understanding of the human mind. Man cannot create and build a car, then step back and say that no man could understand such a device. If we feel God’s love, and God’s love feels unimaginable, then we absolutely cannot be making it up, we absolutely cannot be inducing feelings that don’t belong, for the imagination has great power, but it cannot imagine the unimaginable.

But, though I know without a shadow of doubt what it is to be loved incomprehensibly, I would even move beyond “feeling” unimaginable love, for feelings are fickle. The very concept of the unimaginable, the fact that we know that we cannot know, this too means that God’s love exists. For how could a finite being speak of infinity, how could a imaginative mind hold the unimaginable, unless it was given? These phrases – along everlasting, eternal, almighty – certainly don’t come from human experience, but have always been a part of humanity’s vocabulary, which seems to leave the conclusion that there is more to humanity than the finite, more than the animal. The very words we speak betray a God, and a love so great that it’s…well, who knows?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10770782041928934274 petrus

    Hi! Well i'll probly drift a bit from the subject – or not, but i'd like to say a few words. Infinity, eternity, endlessness often sound otherworldly to us. We live an existence that is measured by time and limited, or at least it seems like that on the first glance. But what really is the case is that probably infinity is much more natural than we perceive it. That is, if we even could perceive it. Take space for example; if it is infinite, which still is a possibility, that there you have it. If it is finite, which also is possible, then there is the question of what is outside of it.. and you can build up on this until you reach- once again- infinity. Take the ever popular black holes. Nobody doubts their existence anymore, and there they happily munch on matter in the center of each galaxy ( and elsewhere). But what they really are is: zero volume and infinite density – infinity bonanza. Subatomic particle physics thinks (once again) that they reached the smallest building particles, but once proven wrong, there is no certainty that we won't have to dig deeper and smaller- who knows, perhaps another infinity lurks there. Now we can't wrap our minds around infinity, we can't calculate with it ( no help from math here).. we can't pretty much do anything about it, but acknowledge it's reality, gaze at it and feel small. This i find fascinating. Do we see a hint of God there, while looking from our sandbox that He put us in? And we marvel at our sand castles and mud pies- though they are great- but we can see our boundaries very clearly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11755036217110188887 Daniel Beiter

    It is said that we cannot dream any faces that we have never seen.