A Look at Matter


If you’re not a scientist or engineer and you read the Wikipedia article on Matter (Click HERE) you’ll probably end up with a headache.  The nature of physical matter and its constituent parts is truly complex and I will admit far beyond my ability to fully comprehend. I could make it down to protons, electrons, and neutrons but when you dig deeper than that I pretty much start getting dizzy.  There are quarks, leptons, bosons,  Bose-Einstein and Fermonic condensates, gluon plasma and then the whole thing with ups and downs and spin orientation … and pretty soon you’re into some pretty deep 


Kimchi.   And anti-matter, well, I just can’t go there.

Fortunately we can navigate life very well without understanding all the intricacies of chemistry,  physics, quantum mechanics, the space-time continuum, etc.

The Lord has, with our marvelously complex nervous system, given us a specific sensory capability dedicated to each sense.   We humans have a multitude of senses with sight (ophthalmoception), 


hearing (audioception), taste (gustaoception), smell (olfacoception), and touch (tactioception) being the five traditionally recognized  senses by  which we interact   with matter.  

 But there is more to life than what can be seen.  There is also  the unseen spiritual power of God, by which He can disrupt the merely physical and bring nature under His command.  My wonderful sister, Darla Givan, must have had this in mind when she wrote the following rather whimsical poem on matter.  Thanks Darla for sharing it with us.  RMF 




Darla Given

          The Matter of Matter
By Darla 

I’ve considered the matter of matter and found
That matter doesn’t matter where Spirit is found.
For God’s Spirit is greater and can surely change
Any matter God chooses to rearrange.

Think of the matter that didn’t matter
In the lives of men like Paul–
Prisons busted up, and chains fell off
When the Spirit came to call.

Walls fell down, and a rock poured water,
Bread multiplied, there came a path through the sea,
Lame legs walked, leprosy was gone,
The deaf ear heard, the blind eyes see!

And what of the matter of Jesus’s body
Which suffered such shame and pain,
Then put in a grave for three long days
And showed up alive again!

His Spirit appearing as tongues of fire
And the sound of a mighty wind,
And natural men were filled with His Spirit
What matter did matter make then!

So, matter doesn’t seem to matter to God
No matter how great or small–
When the Holy Spirit penetrates the matter,
The matter doesn’t matter at all!

[Note: The Five Senses is a set of allegorical paintings created at Antwerp in 1617–18 by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens, with Brueghel being responsible for the settings and Rubens for the figures. They are now in the Prado Museum in Madrid. They are all painted in oils on wood panel.  From Wikipedia.  Also see: https://www.artsy.net/artist/peter-paul-rubens for a link to artsey.net’s Peter Paul Rubens website page. ]


About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church (www.newlife4me.com). Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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