December 7, 2014

“Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots and fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:17

mr finchIn a recent episode of Person of Interest, Mr. Finch was inquired as to his favorite equation. “What a fascinating question”, I thought. I don’t even remember his answer as I became lost in the consideration of whether I had favorite equation.

I really wanted to have a favorite equation. It seems such an intelligent thing to have. However, the opportunity for pride was quickly dispelled when I finally concluded that I know only a few equations worthy of being a favorite and those lacked the obscurity that pride necessitates in making others feel inferior. Nevertheless, I pursued the question of equation preferment.

As an engineer by education and profession, I have taken a lot of math classes. I survived mathematics not through any special abilities but through sheer determination. “Math for math’s sake” never intrigued me. It was only when I began to understand the beauty of its utility in physics that I began to enjoy it, which is probably why I am an engineer rather than a mathematician.

I have always been enticed by the ability of mathematics to describe the world we live in. The fact that we can use very simple and elegant equations to calculate the path of projectiles still fascinates me. The magnificent utility of a simple right triangle’s mathematics is fabulous.

I love mathematics that I can visualize in my mind; this mathematics makes sense with the physical world that I know.

We live in a 3-dimensional world. It is natural for us to visualize a 3-dimensional world. I even can understand the 4th dimension as space-time. It is the world of mathematics and physics beyond the 4th dimension where I become shaky.

The dimensions beyond the 4th are of an existence beyond our senses and the mathematics looses most of the simplistic elegance of Newton’s laws in my opinion. I guess that is why, beyond the 4th dimension, my ability to visualize the language of mathematics falls apart.

I really wanted my favorite equation to be one of quantum mechanics. As much as I long for the Schrödinger equation or Heisenberg equation to be my favorite, they are not. I don’t really understand them or the physics that they are calculating, no matter how much visualizing I attempt.

However, my lack of understanding does not diminish my belief in the existence of a 5th dimension. We are told that physicists are close to proving the existence of a 5th dimension. I have only to read my Bible to see that it exists.

What is it that you believe Elisha and his servant
saw along the horizon of Dothan? (2 Kings 6:8-19)

space horizon

Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be open to see what existed but was beyond his ability to see. We know they could see their physical 3-dimensional world. We know that what they saw within the 4th dimension – time. They were looking into a world that existed beyond our physical world yet parallel with it.

Sort of sounds like the 5th dimension to me.

I believe that Elisha and his servant were given the ability to split the fabric of our dimension and peer into another to see its inhabitants – the servants of God. My guess is that there is some mathematics that describes the physical phenomenon that allowed Elisha and his servants to see this other dimension. I wonder if it has a name. I think I will call it the Elisha equation until I know its true name.

I sit at my desk and gaze out my window into the white fog. I can imagine it parting like a curtain to allow me to see what I know by faith is there. Unfortunately, I don’t know the Elisha equation and God is not doing it for me, so I will continue to live by faith.

However, I do find great comfort in the existence of the Elisha equation. I find great comfort in the reality that God and His servants are truly with me even though I do not see them. They know the Elisha equation and can aid me in any manner that is in accordance to God’s will. Therefore, Elisha’s words to his servant still ring true to us:

Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. (2 Kings 6:16)

My favorite equation is the Elisha equation.

It is an equation that I don’t understand, cannot derive, nor even describe but I believe to be true. It is an equation that describes a condition in a world created by my God in such a way for Him to send His own Son from one dimension into another to condemn the sin of my flesh in order that the righteous requirement of His law might be fulfilled in me.

That is a pretty glorious equation and an incredibly glorious God.


PRAYER: Father, thank you for creating the world as you did.  Thank you for being near.  Help me to remember that I am never alone and that even interstellar dimensions cannot separate me from You.  Thank for making me a child of God.   I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen





  1. Pi

    • Can go wrong with Pi! Some say it is God’s special number.

  2. Wow, very cool post! I’ve never heard of the Elisha Equation, but it’s my favourite now, too… ’cause it makes real sense! 🙂 ♥ ❤

    • Thank you! I am looking forward to the day when we know how the Elisha Equation actually works. God Bless! JD

      • Oh yes, me too… It’ll be quite a sight! 🙂 ♥ ❤

  3. A Star Trek episode some years ago stuck in my mind. One group of the crew cannot see another group – they are out of balance. Their “frequencies” are slightly out of kilter, so while they exist in the same geographical space, they also exist in different dimensions of that space. That may be what heaven is like, I thought. (Still think.) I was thinking about sound / light waves one day when the Lord asked me — Have you ever considered carrier waves? Well, no, I never had, so I did some research. Wow, is all I can say. Math, physics, the Creator! Wow. Great article, J.D.

    • I remember that episode and thinking the very same thing. I had forgotten it. Bette – I hope you have a great Christmas and thank you for all the encouragement this past year. You have been a true blessing to me.
      God Bless! JD

  4. These are days in which I am convinced we will see the “fifth dimension” breaking into our four more and more.

    • I hope so and I look forward to that day. God Bless! JD

  5. Just read this to my high school chemistry class. They loved it! 🙂

    • Wow! Thank you very much. I am so glad that they enjoyed it.

  6. Reblogged this on A DEVOTED LIFE and commented:

    There are days that I long for the Elisha equation more than others. Today is one of those days.

  7. Wow. I don’t think having a favorite equation has ever entered my mind. I do like your though. It’s much better than the Shroedingers in the cat box I learned about on the Big Bang Theory. 🙂

  8. I spent a day in the library learning how to derive Schrodinger’s equation, and it surely gave me bragging rights among my freshmen peers. But the Elisha equation just blew my mind, I am imagining what kind of function can fully explain love, hope and faith. All I can say is, God thank you. I don’t understand it and might never will, but I believe it.

    • Those are some serious and well earned bragging rights. Thanks for your comments.
      God Bless!

  9. Wow, JD! Great post! Love your “Elisha Equation” and the reality-reminder that God and His servants are with us even though we can’t see them. I wonder if Paul was contemplating the Elisha equation when he wrote, “If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?!”

    • He might have been. Romans 8:31 is very applicable. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Not a mathematician but think I will be now 😉 love the revelation!

  11. This has been one of my favorite Bible stories. I rather like the “Elisha equation myself!”

  12. Mine’s E=mc2… Being cyclists, that one is kind of a big deal.

    • That is a very good one. I am currently working on v= (2E/m)^^1/2. Specifically, I am working on the mass (m) portion. If I can get the mass down, my velocity is going to go up with the same amount of energy – simple. Unfortunately, the math is easier than the diet.
      Hope you have a great 2015.
      God Bless!

      • You too! Thanks and keep up the great work, please!

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