We have all heard of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, whether we actually understand it, or not. The simple explanation involves a transformation between a moving object and an observer in another inertial frame of reference. For example, if you are walking in a moving train, and someone stationary on the ground is watching, your speed relative to the observer will be the sum of your speed relative to the train and the train’s speed relative to the observer. You’re in one frame of reference, the train itself is in another, and the observer is in still another. Hence the expression, “It’s all relative.”
When we say that, we are recognizing that our interpretation of an experience depends upon our perspective at the time.
So often when we are going through difficult or painful experiences we wonder how a loving God could allow it to happen. We are forgetting that God has a different perspective. He sees beneath the material to the spiritual and beyond the immediate to the eternal.
Remembering this particular example of relativity, and trusting that all things really do work together for good, helps us to endure.
Another way to look at relativity is as relationships.
It is my firm belief that the treasures that the Bible instructs us to store up in Heaven are our relationships with other believers, since these are eternal and the only things we may take with us when we leave this world.
It strengthens our relationships when we remember to see the other person’s perspective and try to see that person from God’s perspective, as well.
So, while Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has to do with inertial spaces and the speed of light and helps scientists do their work of exploring God’s creation, I don’t need to understand it, or even think about it, in order to live my life.
Jonna’s Theory of Relativity is only concerned with enhancing my relationships with God and my fellow creatures. Complete understanding of this theory, if put into practice, will enrich my life, both here and hereafter.