I had the opportunity to watch God work this past weekend. I watched how things that seemed coincidental to start out with fell into place and lined up to make a beautiful plan work and become fruitful. As these things unfolded before my eyes, I heard Him speak.
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matt 6:26 (KJV)
While I heard this, He led my thoughts a little deeper, promising that He had more knowledge to share with me just a little further on. What He showed me made me stop and ponder anew. The main idea of all that He was showing me was ‘I am faithful. All that I have said that I will do will come to pass.’ The parable about God taking care of the sparrows was just the tip of what He was actually saying. I like to say that Science is just man’s way of describing God’s paintbrush. For some reason I thought about that as I watched Him provide for His children this weekend, and the context of the two thoughts collided drawing back a curtain and revealing a new secret to me. Think about it; God made everything. So if God made everything, He also made science. Science is basically man’s interpretations of the rules that make life possible and sustainable. The rules that make the sun rise in the east and set in the west. The rules that say the moon has power over the tides of the oceans. The rules that say a ship can float and a plane can fly. The rules of reality. The rules of everything. That’s a really big concept to break down. Now add this into the mix. If God created science, then every time a scientist succeeds in proving a theory, or recreates an experiment, God is proving to be faithful. Every time science is used, it points back to the Creator. Think about that for a little bit. The next time you drop your car keys and they fall down and not up, God has been faithful. When you turn on the light switch as you come home from work and the room is bathed in light, God has been faithful. When you say your name and sound are formed by the expelling of air though your mouth, God has been faithful. So no matter how often science tries to prove there is no God, it will never be able to, because it cannot deny it’s Creator. God is faithful.
I attended a Writer’s Conference in Pell City, Alabama this past weekend. I really enjoyed myself, meeting new people, and realizing that I shared connections with some that I had no idea existed. During that time, a man came by my table and glanced at my books. He picked one up, turning it over and looking and then placing it back on the table. He started to turn around and leave, but then turned to me and asked; “What is the difference between Christian Science Fiction and regular Science Fiction?” I answered him by saying that I wrote the story from a Christian worldview, with Christian morals and beliefs. “The morals are there in regular science fiction, too.” Looking back on the conversation now, I realize that my answer was not very self-explanatory. I was always a Star Trek fan (R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy), but as I have grown older and looked back on those original episodes, I see where the writers would take ‘pot shots’ at organized religion such as Christianity. They portrayed people that believed in an all-powerful deity as ignorant savages. The misconception that is generated here is that God and Science oppose one another. I disagree. One does not have to exist excluding the other. Never have I heard a Christian exclaim “There is no science!”, but I do know there are scientists who believe in God. Science can only explain things going back so far, and the explanation always falls short of explaining the “Origin” of all things. Some people say the answer to life on earth is “alien seeding” of the universe. Even if you accept this theory as true, the question remains; “What was the origins of those aliens?” Kind of puts you right back where you started, huh? The Big Bang Theory? Nobody said God ‘quietly’ created the Heavens and Earth. Evolution? I have never seen a fish turn into a man, and if man came from apes, why did it stop happening? It seems to me if that were the case we would have some half-man/half-apes walking around somewhere. Where are they? So where does that leave us? It leaves us with questions that only religion can answer, and those answers do not deny science. They do not exclude science. I have pondered all of these questions before and I came up with this statement that covers all of the above; “Science is man’s way of describing God’s paintbrush.” So why do people insist on separating the two?
I saw an article on optical illusions today. It was pretty cool. The video showed a bowl that was mirrored on the inside with another bowl upside down and fitted to the top of the first. The bowl on top had a hole in its center. The way it worked was explained in the video, but it basically reflected an almost realistic picture of whatever was in the bottom bowl into the air, hovering in the middle of the hole in the top bowl. It was a realistic picture, and looked solid enough to grab, but it was all part of the trick. If you tried grabbing where you thought the object was sitting you got nothing but air, because the real object was sitting in the bottom bowl, about 8 inches below where the ‘hologram’ was. This reflective bowl dictates how your eye is seeing the object. It warps your perspective and lets you see the object in the wrong place, telling your eyes to ‘lie’ to your brain. Life is a lot like that sometimes. It presents an object or idea, tricking us into believing it is what we want or need and then misleads us into thinking we can take it just by reaching out, when in reality all we will be able to grab is empty air. If you’ve been reaching for a goal over and over again and coming up empty, re-evaluate your goal. If it is worth pursuing, change your perspective and try again. It could be you are only inches away from your mark.