I still remember my first invisible ink marker. It was a prize in a box of Captain Crunch, which was a rare treat in my nutritious world of oatmeal, eggs and an occasional box of Wheaties®–the breakfast of Olympic champions. This marker fascinated me. With one end I could write a top-secret message, invisible to my siblings. Then with the other end I could scribble over the letters making the invisible message suddenly visible. It was great fun until the encrypting ink ran out.
Years later in science class, long before I knew I’d be a pharmacist with a chemistry major, I learned the secret behind the science. Two chemical substances can be colorless until mixed with one another when a chemical reaction leads to a color change. While invisible markers are great for kids, God has a more universal way to reveal His invisible truths. He has written a message of love in all of creation. From every shimmering snowflake in the north, to every remarkable rainbow in the south, to every sunrise in the east and sunset in the west, He drapes the world in beauty. And if that weren’t enough, He had men write His truths down for us in a family scrapbook of sorts. We call it the Bible.
Over 2,000 years ago St. Paul wrote letters not with a magic marker but likely using ink made from charcoal and pulverized fish bones.1 In Romans 1:20 Paul pens: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
Our Creator reveals Himself through His creation. God wants you to see His invisible hand, as you look for Him in the visible! I’m always absolutely amazed at what I find. Sometimes I see setbacks as His invisible hand reaching through time to trigger patience. I experience other’s faith through their good works. Sometimes I discover peace, hidden in sorrows. You might find His joy nestled in the corners of a child’s question or feel His forgiveness in the hug of someone you love. You could experience His gentleness in the kiss of a child. When you reach out to others, He returns blessings to you that are multiplied and flowing over (Luke 6:38). He has so much to show us!
1 The Holy Bible, New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible Study Notes. Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, 1996.