How To: Seeing the unseen


Daniel Tanksley, writer

Quickly we have grown from children to teenagers, and our perspectives change as we age and gain new experiences.

Most people say, “zoom out and look at the bigger picture, you’re looking too close.” However, I feel that we can only appreciate the big picture if you know what it’s made of.

So if you would, zoom in with me, to a level unknown by many — microscopic.

It’s at this level we can see cells moving inside a drop of blood or impossibly tiny organisms moving around in a drop of water.

Pretty much everything looks vastly different at a microscopic level, and most things are even unrecognizable.

Take this image of beautiful scale-like petals. Any idea what the big picture is?


Or how about this picture? The petals are more pointed and seem to be more hair like . . . Any idea? How about a butterfly’s wing and a moth’s wing!



daniel-3Crazy, right? All those little hairs are called setae (meaning stiff hairs), and they make up the whole wing.

I hope this finds you in an “aha” moment. To discover more amazing everyday objects close up, I encourage you to take this into your own hands and look at this simple contraption. Your imagination is the limit. Objects you think you know, when you look again, may look very different zoomed in.

When God made us, He didn’t create us like a big monitor screen that was made to look beautiful from afar but bland and unrecognizable up close.

God cares for the ever-so-smallest aspects of us and our lives.