One day, at the mountain, God tells Moses to bring the ruling class of Israel up for dinner.
And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in its clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink. Exodus 24:10-11
Imagine one of the nobles, coming home after supping with God.
“What was He like?”
“His floor was…so blue. Clear as the sky.”
“But what was He like?”
“He didn’t lay a hand on me.
Big revelations and encounters cannot be easily put into words. We resort to phrases like, You had to be there, when the story doesn’t hit our hearers the way it hits us. This is probably why most worldviews, besides your own, look trite or foolish or just plain wrong.
Reality created itself by accident? That’s just stupid!
A deity with an elephant head? How silly!
God kills himself to stop himself from killing us? Give me a break!
A dinner party with Yahweh and a shiny blue floor? What a fairy-tale!
Every meaningful experience has something in it that is ineffable. When we meet something real, sometimes the only thing we can put into words is the floor.
And, man oh man, it was clear as the sky.