I’m convinced! Origami artists are in touch with the Divine. It’s no wonder. In the Japanese language, where homonyms are abundant, the word ori can mean “fold” or “pray,” and kami can mean “paper” or “god,” depending on what characters are used to write them.
I learned this at an Origami exhibit at my local museum. I could feel the artists’ inspiration in their paper sculptures. Some were large and tent-like, made with corrugated cardboard and held together with big rivets. Some were delicate spirals of creased and twisted paper caught inside blown glass spheres.
As I stood in front of a nine-foot long panel filled with rows and rows of folded white paper peaks and valleys it hit me: God causes order to be expressed in tangible ways, here and everywhere, right now. And His order is universal and peaceful.
The revelation that God’s universe is ordered by Him—divine Love—doesn’t just apply to things like beautiful artwork. Divine Love peacefully orders everything going on in the world today. I get it: Peaceful order isn’t always obvious where disorder seems to reign supreme. But understanding God’s, divine Principle’s, infinite nature makes it apparent that His law of universal good must govern every corner of the universe and can be the only law there is. The infinite can’t be or do anything less.
Jesus lived the fact that God’s order is the only law that’s present, and he taught that we can do the same.
What appeared to be limitations had no authority over Jesus. He walked on the water. He healed diseases, which so-called material laws had claimed were congenital, acute, or chronic. He raised himself and others from the dead. These demonstrations proved that the natural and present order of divine law is always operational, even when chaotic material circumstances claim to be the governing power. Like Jesus, we can faithfully and continuously recognize God’s ordered plan—wholeness and goodness for all.
Mary Baker Eddy said of Jesus, “In this simplicity, and with such fidelity, we see Jesus ministering to the spiritual needs of all who placed themselves under his care, always leading them into the divine order, under the sway of his own perfect understanding” (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 91).
Divine order in Jesus’ day looked like health, joy, mobility, and freedom. Since God’s law of good is eternal, the result of its operation is the same for us today—wellness, peace, kindness, brotherly love, purity, faith, and so on.
I’m convinced! Artist or not, we can follow Jesus’ lead and see God’s law establishing order in the world. Like the folds on that panel of Origami artwork, God’s order has to be tangible and obvious. Affirming its supremacy and omnipresence is a powerful prayer that goes to the heart of every man, woman, and child. It dissolves illness, hatred, and disorder of every kind. God’s law inspires, and best of all, it transforms.
"Let there be light," is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres.
~Mary Baker Eddy
I hope these insights will inspire readers to think more spiritually about themselves and the world around them!