A first glance this colorful paper strip looks just like a normal two sided band of paper, but at a closer look it becomes obvious that this strip of paper is by no means normal in the sense it has only one sideâ€”this is called a Mobius strip. A regular paper band has two sides: an outer side and an inner one which you can trace separately. A Mobius strip however has only one side: if you point your finger tip at any point of its surface and move it in any direction you will realize that your finger tip is covering all of its side. Unlike a two sided band you donâ€™t need to take your finger tip off of one side to trace the other.
The reason I made this colorful Mobius strip and photographed it, is that recently Iâ€™ve been thinking about who God is. Not that I donâ€™t know Him or that I am alienated from Him, but the more I know Him the more I realize I donâ€™t know anything about Him in comparison to how much more there is to know about Him. His nature and characterâ€™s countless dimensions have been very obvious in my life lately.
The first thing happened was directly after I wrote, “How Great is Our God“. After I wrote about how great our God is, I kept thinking how big He must be to create huge things such as the moon, the sun, the planets, and the starsâ€¦basically the whole universe. I thought to myself, â€œFor God to create the universe He probably needed a bigger base to start His work from!â€ Then one day in a two hours lecture few months ago I was bored out of my mind and looking down on a sheet of paper I saw this extremely small red insect which I named Squiggle and started playing with it to pass time. I had seen so many of them in Iraq but I never actually knew what they are called; and the ones I had seen were usually green. Squiggle was so tiny it actually got stuck on the little ink on the tip of my pen! When I finally was able to free it and put it back on the paper it kept walking around trying to get the ink off of its tiny legs because the little ink residue weighed it down and it couldnâ€™t walk properly. I measured the area it took Squiggle to walk around and get its legs clean and it was less than 3×3 mm (about 0.12×0.12 inches)! Squiggle couldnâ€™t even get out of the pen holder groove on the desk because they were so deep and steep for it. At the end of the lecture I bent too close to Squiggle that it was blown away by my breath off of the desk and unto the carpet. (I never saw Squiggle again!)
When I came home I searched the web to find what kind of insect Squiggle was and it turned out that it was a tick! By the way, ticks can be extremely dangerous and you should never handle them by bare skin. (Good thing I never did!) As I was searching for Squiggleâ€™s insect type I came across another tiny insect (the smallest in its class of insects), which was described as having â€œâ€¦complete circulatory, nervous, and reproduction systems.â€ That shocked me! The hands that made the universe made a complete circulatory, nervous, and reproduction system in an insect that has a couple millimeters wings span! I thought to myself, â€œJust when I thought I was getting close to grasp Godâ€™s greatness (which is a blasphemy by itself to think that I, mere human, can fathom infinite God) He surprised me by turning to a completely different direction, tiny creations, that displays His greatness just as much as in the big things do!â€ That opened my eyes to a different direction, or rather dimension, of who God is.
Thatâ€™s not the only time God has surprised me by His character. Two weeks ago I got two midterms back and I had gotten good grades which made me happy, and I thought that God had blessed meâ€”that I was witnessing His work in my life. That same day I had a midterm late in the evening and I did very bad on it and after the midterm as I was going home I realized that I was not bothered by my performance on the midterm, that I was peaceful and content, and I realized God was doing His greatest work then in my failure not in my passing. I could hear Him tell me,
â€œFadi, remember those prayers you have prayed over the years, â€˜Lord, let me put my emotional security, my emotional wholeness only in Youâ€™, well now you are witnessing the answer to those prayers.â€
All day long I had thought Godâ€™s biggest blessings were my good grades on those midterms, only for Him to show me that His biggest work was to be done later in my failure.
How to Make a Mobius Strip
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