Elizabeth Biggs | Wonder
Who are you and what do you in Oxford?
I’m Elizabeth, a 2nd year Biologist from London. If not found on the river up in Port Meadow, I am most likely to be found on a sports pitch, or perhaps on a “field trip” that happens to be on a sunny island, far, far away from Oxford. As I like to spend most of my time outside, I enjoy what I call ‘the more practical side of my course’.
What is the most wonderful thing about life?
Life is an exciting, complex and compelling state of being. It’s something every person has in common, yet our experience of living is the exact opposite: diverse and highly unique. Moreover, the extraordinary diversity of living forms captivates the youngest of toddlers to the oldest of grandparents.
However, the most wonderful part of life is not in what is seen, but in the unseen. In 2 Corinthians, verses 16 -18, Paul writes:
‘So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal’
Although written approximately 2000 years ago, Paul addresses the Church of Corinth in an open letter that is still relevant today. Paul writes about God’s promise of a greater hope, which holds true in this time of ecological breakdown, hunger and political tension we live in today. This greater hope can be found in Jesus, his life and resurrection that allows us to look forward to what is unseen, rather than grasping onto the momentary afflictions of this transient life.