A few days ago I began reading a book by Richard Panek entitled, The 4% Universe – Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality. The basic premise is that only 4% of the universe consists of matter that makes up the stars, planets, human beings, and everything that we know. A mysterious force called dark energy (not the energy that I give off when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed!) that permeates all of space and accelerates the expansion of the universe comprises 73% of the mass-energy of the universe. The equally elusive dark matter, which can be inferred from its gravitational effects on visible matter, rounds out the remaining 23% of mass-energy in the universe.
This void of knowledge does not sit well with a scientific community that prides itself on clarifying physical phenomenon. There are many theories as to what constitutes the two dark entities, but the search is still on to verify the claims.
As I thought about the fact that the vast majority of the material world is unknown and, as it were, invisible to us, I began to realize that the majority of spiritual reality is also invisible to us. Just as dark matter and dark energy are no less real because we cannot ‘see’ them, so too the existence of God, heaven, hell, the angels, and the saints are no less real just because they cannot be detected by our physical senses. After all, people are the only spiritual beings that we can see!
It is apparent to me that God is communicating spiritual truths to us through physical reality. God himself is infinitely more ‘real’ than human beings and all of physical reality even though He is invisible to the senses. Even though God and His ways are vastly unknown to us because they are so far beyond us, He still invites us to come to know Him through prayer, the Scriptures, the Sacraments, and all avenues that we seek Him in spirit and in truth. We should not give up on searching for our invisible God any more than the scientific community will tire of searching for the the hidden identity of dark energy and dark matter.