Nothing Is What It Seems to Be

by Christine Sine

Last night I watched David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants. It is a fascinating documentary filmed at the Royal Botanical Kew Gardens in England.  I was particularly intrigued by the very different view that insects have of flowers. Their ultra-violet viewpoint totally transforms what the flower looks like.

Ultraviolet view of flowers

Ultraviolet view of flowers

We see the flower on the left, the insect sees the image on the right beckoning it to come and pollinate. Our perceptions of life are so limited. We can’t smell like a dog, see like an insect or hear like a bat.

Why therefore do we think that our perceptions of faith are any more complete? Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1) We do indeed see through a glass darkly. All of God’s creation tells us so.


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1 comment

margaretfeinberg November 5, 2012 - 11:59 am

wow! you’re right–the ultraviolet makes the flower appear to be a totally different one!

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