I read a quote by a man named Richard Feynman – a brilliant scientist who helped create the atom bomb. He said: “It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil – which is the view religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.” -Richard Feynman (quote taken from “The Language God Talks”, by Herman Wouk)
I think what he’s trying to say is that our world is just too big and complicated and beautiful to be all about God. He’s just not that important.
In my opinion, Mr. Feynman is wrong. God is bigger and more complicated and far more beautiful than tiny little mankind, or our puny little planet or our unimportant little solar system, or our insignificant, miniscule dwelling place of space and time.
Instead, all of this – time, space, animals, planets, atoms – is about us finding out Who He is, How to be right with Him, and How to know Him.
Our life is a love story.
In Song of Solomon, through the imagery of the Shulamite looking forward to the day her King will come for her, we picture the fulfillment of life’s love story – the part we’re all waiting for…and maybe a little afraid of – when time and space collapse under the plan of God, and we finally see our King face-to-face. When the King comes, it is the culmination of our incredible love story…but the stage, it seems to me, is far too small for the drama.