Infinitely Finite

I have to admit that I am somewhat of a closet nerd. I played various sports in high school, but the fact is I am much better at games you can play while holding a drink in your hand. So, the reality is I am more of a passive observer of my surroundings instead of an active participant. I find there is a certain pattern to the observations that capture my soul and direct it towards God. I am sure you experience the same thing in your day-to-day as well. You may find the sunset or sunrise, or maybe your son or daughter’s smile, or the smell of fresh air on a long walk causes a pause in your routine and your heart is moved to think of God as creator, author of life, or maybe the giver of all good things.

The fact that I am so moved by things finite is what I believe technically qualifies me as a nerd. I am not so much moved by the stars as I am the fact that a sequence of a few nucleotides can make up everything we know as life. The snow capped mountains don’t do it for me like the complexities of that little 28 gram organ called the human eye. Take a look at the following schematic diagram of the retina of the human eye

This network of cells is no thicker than ½ a millimeter. It is more complex than any camera the human mind has been able to recreate. By the way, how long did it take for your last camera to break? This one can work quite well for over a century without batteries, a memory stick, or new rolls of film.

I believe one of the most stable arguments for the existence of a creator God is the reality that we know so little about what makes us what we are! The greatest minds in our generation cannot recreate the eye and yet the cells that form the human retina simply migrate and develop in exactly the right place at the exact right time almost as if being directed like part of an orchestra. All those connections you see in the diagram are made before you are born and they all have to work exactly right or you don’t get a chance to see the stars, your child’s smile, or the snow topped mountains. Okay, so now I am an out of the closet nerd, right?

In Genesis 11 there is a story you may remember from your Sunday school days where the people of the earth unite to build a tower that reaches to the heavens in order to “make a name for themselves”. God sent confusion to the people in the form of different languages to stunt their progress in the project and scatter them across the earth.

Isn’t it amazing that we have amassed so much knowledge and technology throughout human history but we are no closer to understanding who we are than when we were first created? It seems like every time we get close to understanding a little bit about who God is, He reminds us how human we really are.

Take for instance the underground city being used to smash subatomic particles together near Geneva. This 17 mile long network of tunnels called the Large Hadron Collider took $10 billion dollars and 14 years to build. There are over 10,000 collaborating scientists working together from hundreds of different countries to do one simple thing; Collide particles smaller than atoms together at the speed of light to see what happens…wow. The scientists are looking for a theoretical entity conveniently labeled the “God particle” which may help explain the origins of our universe as well as define what matter really is. Here is the real kicker; the project was shut down for a year. Was the collapse an inaccurate theorem or equation? No, it was a bad weld!

Now, I am all for human ingenuity and for investigating the origins of our universe. But when my computer crashes, when my car won’t start, when the secrets of the universe remain locked due to faulty wiring and when one of my patients tragically loses the gift of sight because we don’t understand how to fix it…I am reminded that God is God, and we are not.

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