I recently went to see a stage production of “Moby Dick” at South Coast Repertory. How could Melville’s eight hundred page classic be adapted to a two hour stage play? In a word, it was mesmerizing. Creative acrobatic work and charismatic acting made the story come alive in a new way. Always looking for God in creation, I was immediately captivated by the concept of transcendence. The stage looked like the belly of a whale, recalling the biblical story of Jonah. However, mad Captain Ahab’s need for revenge overtakes reason, humility and any contrition. In the end, he and the ship are doomed when he refuses to admit he is not in command of the forces of nature. None of us are. We may be “like God,” but are not God. When we seize control over nature, we often come face-to-face with our smallness. The transcendent nature of God can be both terrifying and comforting. Our human challenge is to know our place in this great, mysterious drama.