For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. [Romans 1:20 (NLT)]
We were discussing when and how we came to believe in the existence of God. Some, who’d been brought up in families of faith, said there never was a time they weren’t aware of God’s presence. Others spoke of believing in God because He is visible in His creation of flowers, mountains, birds, sunrises and sunsets, the vastness of space, or the miracle of birth. Apologizing in advance for grossing us out, one woman shared her experience while in med school.
Not a believer, she’d thought science explained everything that needed explaining until she dissected a human brain. As she cut into the tissue and started labeling parts, she began to wonder. While slicing through the 100 billion neurons of a man’s brain, she questioned where the part was that loved stroking his wife’s hair, that knew the sound of his children’s laughter, that built model airplanes with his boys or a dollhouse for his daughter. Which part learned the alphabet and times tables, loved his parents, knew how to play the guitar, spoke wisdom to his students, called blue his favorite color and enjoyed both the Beetles and Bach? With each slice she asked things like, “Is this the part that knew sorrow at his child’s death or joy at his daughter’s wedding? Where is the memory of his first bicycle, first kiss or honeymoon?”
She held the most fascinating and complex organ of the body in her hands and knew the parts and the functions of every part of it but she couldn’t find the answers to her questions. Touching his brain, she knew this man more intimately than anyone but she couldn’t uncover what made him who he was. When she couldn’t find his essence—his very soul—she realized he was greater than the sum of his parts. Understanding that inside us all is something unique that cannot be seen, cut into, labeled, or even explained was her “Aha!” moment. It was then that she realized something or someone far greater is in charge. It was then that she finally understood God—the creator of heaven and earth and all things in between.
When she finished speaking, the room was absolutely silent; she started to apologize again for talking about cadavers and dissections. We reassured her there was no need for apology. Her compelling story had not turned our stomachs; rather, the beauty of it had taken away our breath! We sat in stunned silence as we each reflected on this great and marvelous Creator God who reveals Himself in such wonderful and unique ways.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. [Psalm 139:13-15 (NLT)]
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