"The effect contains the cause."
It is a principle of physics that is more or less straightforward and obvious. It is an element of the Principle of Causality. It is the relationship between cause and effect that runs this world. Every effect will contain, or point to, its cause. For example, puddles are an effect that points to its cause: rain. A sunburn is an effect that points to its cause: sun.
This is a principle that I gave a lot of thought to during my time at Savary Island, BC. Spending hours every day swimming in the ocean, lying on beaches, biking through forests, and sleeping under the stars makes one ponder the world. I was surrounded by striking, mind-blowing beauty from every direction, the entire time I was there. I couldn't abandon the idea that I had found paradise.
The Principle of Causality was cemented in my mind during my time on Savary. The effect always points to the cause. Since the universe in its entirety is God's creation, then the universe and every component of it points to God, in some way. This whole world is the effect. God is the cause. Therefore, every single thing, from the smallest particle to the brightest star is a testimony of God's power.
That's why we can find God in everything. We can catch glimpses of His character in everyday life. His love can be spotted in a mother nursing her child, a father embracing his son, a child playing with their pet, and marriage vows. His joy overflows in a baby's laugh, a toddler's energy, refreshing vacations, and times of fellowship. His purity shines through a child's innocence, an honest worker, and loyal friends. His humour is obvious through the ideas of young children, the diversity of animals, and the simple capacity to giggle. Although the world has taken pure creations and twisted many of them into hideous things, their original forms point directly to their Maker.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.
He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the
whole scope of God's work from beginning to end.
Can't see God? Can't feel His presence? Feel distant and isolated? Feel like you're talking to the walls? Here's my suggestion: Call out the beauty. Call out the beauty you see everywhere. In your family, in your home, in your town, in your friends, in your enemies, in your school, in your hobbies, in your talents, in yourself.
Go further than an empty compliment, and instead, look for the things that are a manifestation of God's power. Look around you. Look in the mirror. Look in your yearbook. Look at the people walking down the street. They are the effect. You are the effect. This is all the effect of God, who is the Cause.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous- how well I know it.
Call out the beauty you see in yourself, call out the beauty you see in others. God has never abandoned you, and He never will. I guarantee that the more you search for a glimpse of God in the world around you, the easier it will become to see Him, feel Him, and talk to Him. He's in you, beside you, before you, behind you. He surrounds you.
Let's give credit where credit's due. The effect always contains the cause, so you can find a piece of God and His love for you in everything you see. It's physics.
For everything comes from him and exists by his power
and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.