Will soon be motoring down leafy arched, two-lane Route 5 through fields and woods bordered by historic plantations and the silver backed James. . .leaving the cozy comfort of home, library, and books and headed to the cold sterility of laboratories filled with beakers and burners and test tubes in a modern facility known as the Integrated Science Center.
It is Family Weekend at Daughter's College . . . she is studying the intricate, orderly, breath-taking world created by her Father. Every moment is ripe with possibility for worship and amazement. . .and she wishes to share this with me.
Daughter is a Chemist and a Christian.
As I travel towards her today, Mr. Chesterton's words ribbon their way into car ride musings.
". . .the materialist, like the mad man, is in prison; in the prison of one thought. . .The man who cannot believe his senses, and the man who cannot believe anything else, are both insane. . ."
"The Christian is quite free to believe that there is a considerable amount of settled order and inevitable development in the universe. But the materialist is not allowed to admit into his spotless machine the slightest speck of spiritualism or miracle. . ."
"His cosmos may be complete in every river and cog-wheel, but still his cosmos is smaller than our world. . ."
~G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
And I give humble thanks, for the flame of freedom burning brightly in Daughter as she bends over her microscope nestled among slides, pipettes, and funnels , because she is free in a way the materialist is not. . .she bends - not in obeisance to Science - but to the One. . .the One Who created the world and invites her to Come, come and see your Father's world.