The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Heart of It All"
The world was known to be incredibly complex long before the invention of the microscope, and now, many other devices and measures that allow us to better understand the vast world of the small. However, the discoveries of the nature of the atom and the molecular wonders it constructs reveal a universe far more staggering in its glory of being, intricacy, and power.
"By Him all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).
At the atomic and molecular level of creation, things exist and activities proceed so intricately complex and so powerfully effective that nothing of humanity's technology and engineering begins to compare. In fact, one field of technological research involves discovering how things work in the subatomic realm for the purpose of incorporating the technology found therein for developing machines and protocols to be used in human endeavors.
Two responses always impact my heart and mind when pondering such things. First, I find myself feeling a deep sense of affection for the God who "made all things" (Proverbs 16:4). This surprises me. It would seem our Lord's divine technology would first amaze with wonder. However, my initial response seems to be more of how I remember feeling when my children accomplished things (still feel that about their achievements as adults!). I was proud of them, and that pride (which I don't think is the kind against which Scripture warns us) bore as much loving affection as it did admiration for what they had done. That seems to be the closest I can come to explaining what I first experience when pondering God's wondrous creative and operational activity in His creation. Perhaps the Psalmist felt this when he proclaimed with both mind and heart, "God… hast done great things! O God, who is like unto Thee?" (Psalm 71:19).
Fascination also overwhelms my mind when pondering God's wisdom and way in His creation. He not only made laws, energy, and matter, all of which boggle the brain by their complexity. He also moment by moment involves Himself in the process - "upholding all things by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3). The speaking voice of the Word Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, sounds and resounds in the workshops and assembly lines of every atom, making creation not just principled and powerful, but also personal. When we view the complexities and cannot fathom how things can possibly work, we must also "see" that which cannot be seen. A Designer, Engineer, and Operator dwells amid all, communicating His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding as the creative, directing, and empowering reason for the realities. This thought brings me back to the personal, and yet again to a sense of affectionate pride (reverently speaking, of course) in the God so amazing in mind, and even more winsome in heart.
Some people "look" into the atom and fail to see the Heart of it all. Wonder still fills their mind. However, they miss the rapture of the soul that accompanies the gaze of all who "hear" the speaking Voice present and powerfully engaged in working "all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:11). I feel for those unable to see and hear. They miss so much. They miss the personal nature of all things. They miss the Person therein. They miss His love, the great reality of who He is and of all He does (I John 4:8). I think this is what I see when pondering the Creator's wonders. Therein, more than the the marvel of His mind and the power of His hand, He reveals the goodness of His heart. He makes it all personal, and all the more powerful thereby. Yes, the love of God dwells in the universe and its every atom, revealing His wondrous capability thereby, but far more, His glorious character.
"He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe."
(I Thessalonians 1:10)
"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."
"Oh how great is Thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee, which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!"
Weekly Memory Verse
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.