Sunday, 7 July 2019
The miracles amongst us
Life and the passing of time is like a video that we see on the screen. Over the years many people have featured in this seemingly ever-lasting video.
Now if I were able to rewind this video back ... way back ... to almost the very beginning when the people of the time were not even aware of their very existence. If I were to explain to those people how, by bringing together the male and the female of the species, we somehow create a new life. If I were able to explain how the male and female components come together and the biological/chemical reaction, or whatever you wish to call it, can create a new life. The people of the time would be totally amazed at the intricacy of it all and call it a miracle.
They would be right. For indeed it is a miracle how two get together and create a new life.
It is also a miracle how this new life starts as a small replica of its origin, and yet it grows, and as it does so it undergoes many changes until the time comes when it too can create a new life. It is also a miracle how every such life reaches a stage where it suddenly stops and ceases to exist.
Let us make no mistake about it. Birth and death are both in themselves miracles. How is it possible that we can create a new life and how and why is it possible that all life at some point ceases to exist.
As we study the intricate details that make up life, and its very existence, we cannot help but wonder that it must be the work of some super power, some "Engineer", who planned, designed and executed such a complicated series of events that make up life and death.
Wherever we look, if we had the time, or willingness, to stop and think, we see the hand of this "Engineer" at work.
We look up to the sky and see the sun, and moon, and all the stars. How do they come to be there, hanging in mid air, moving in their own way and direction without bumping into each other like balls in a pinball machine?
Everywhere around us there are examples of this "Engineer" at work. Things that we take for granted and no longer wonder at.
Because of the passage of time, because we have seen these wonders happen over and again many times, because we are too busy living our own selfish lives, without even questioning how we came to have this very life we have been entrusted and enjoy ... because of all these things ... we fail to see what is obvious for us to see and appreciate.
Familiarity breeds contempt, it seems.
"The world is charged with the grandeur of God." said Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Perhaps I should add, "Some are too blind to see it!"