Today’s Scripture: When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:3-4
As a ten-year-old, I had the privilege of going to the Mid-America Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas where they have a sand pendulum. The pendulum is a funnel over a table. When you put sand in and pull it back, over time it makes Lissajous (repeating curving) patterns on the table. That’s still big stuff for my brain 36 years later. I’m a pastor, not a physicist.
Consider this evidence of a Creator. The nucleus of an atom is tiny—only one millionth of a billionth of the full volume of the atom—but fantastically dense, since it contains virtually all the atom’s mass. An atom is one hundred thousand times bigger than its nucleus. Nuclear physicist Ernest Lawrence said the nucleus in an atom is like “a fly in a cathedral.” But it is a fantastically heavy fly. It weighs several thousand times more than the cathedral.
The sun produces light and heat for us on the earth through hydrogen fusion. When two hydrogen atoms fuse, 0.7 percent of their mass is converted into energy. What if only 0.6 percent of their mass converted into energy? The proton would not bond with the neutron and the universe would only consist of hydrogen. What if it was 0.8 percent? The fusion would happen so quickly that no hydrogen would survive and all life in the universe would cease to exist.
I don’t understand how all this design could just “happen.” It couldn’t. It is the work of God’s fingers. Every sunset is His masterpiece. Every flower is an expression of His beauty. Each breeze whispers, “He is good.”
We tried to inspire our children with the same wonder by taking them often to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and COSI in Columbus, Ohio. God’s fingerprints are everywhere. Let’s pause to praise Him for putting us in a beautiful world where everything points to Him.
Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan