And in this vision he also showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, lying in the palm of my hand, and it was as round as a ball…..In this little thing I saw three properties; the first is that God made it; the second is that God loves it; the third is that God cares for it. But what is that to me? Truly, the maker, the lover, and the guardian.Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, Long text, Chapter five
“You alone are the LORD You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.
Richard Rhor writes in The Divine Dance: ‘The significant thing, not much noticed up to now, is that the whole of creation itself is being brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God.’ In the beginning, we glimpse what Rhor describes as a primal oneness of mankind with the whole of creation. Adam [the archetype of humanity] names the animals, giving them place; connectedness. Creation was birthed from the womb of the intertwining, overflowing and mutually submissive love of the Trinity. Most educationalists would agree that the most powerful way of acquiring knowledge is through participation; distance often clouds our ability to truly know. Most of us have become so separated from creation, through our often sterile and busy lives, that we have missed the opportunity to fully participate in the divine nature of creation itself. Creation has been redeemed, and in its entirety it forms part of the revelation of the divine, diverse nature of God, rather than simply a resource that we can discard when it has completed its purpose.
And yet Julian sees even further. The hazelnut sized ball, representing everything that is made, cannot bring us rest. If we seek rest in the created, we miss him who is creator. Until a soul has willingly made itself as nothing for love, in order to have him who is all, it will never be able to receive true spiritual rest, she writes.