December 1, 2016
I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving! Well now it’s on to Christmas…
As some of you know I am diabetic and have been for well over 20 years. Like many diabetics, I take various medications and several shots a day to control my sugar levels. Low carbohydrate diets are required as well, but that’s something I struggle with daily. In order to keep sugar levels where they are supposed to be, diabetics “test” their blood several times a day. It’s fairly easy… a pin prick to a finger (with a devise designed to do that) and a dab of blood onto a special strip inserted into a small hand held tester. If one is doing what they are supposed to do in regard to meds and diet the levels will range from 80-120. Anyway it’s the little pin prick that I want to mention briefly. Because of the constant jabbing it’s wise to vary the finger from which one draws blood. Diabetics learn quickly to draw the blood from the side of their fingers, not from their “fingerprints” or from the tips. If not, our “digits” become tender and it’s uncomfortable to touch things after numerous pin pricks.
All of that to say this… did you know that each of your fingers “feels” differently? I don’t mean they have a different texture I mean they all “sense” things differently. Not unlike our tongues that “taste” diverse things at varying locations… sweet, bitter, sour etc. Did you know that about your fingers? I’m going to guess that you have an instinct about that. If I said I am going to prick your finger to draw blood you might very well have a preference over which finger but you might not know why. For me… my little finger is much more sensitive than the others. And since diabetics use all of their fingers they would also tell you that each of them “hurts” differently when they get stabbed (not that it really “hurts” that much). I can’t describe the differences, but they are very real.
The question is… why? I mean, why do we have to have 5 different subtle differences in our fingers (and thumb)? I’m going to guess that it helps give us a heightened sense of touch. If they all “sensed” the same things in the same ways, we would be that much more limited in our ability to feel. But now we have 5 different variables working together when we sense things with our fingers thus making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
I suppose for those who espouse some form of evolution (without a creator), they would make an argument for how this “touch” evolved. No doubt it has something to do with early “man” having a greater ability to protect himself, thus enhancing the survival of the species. I’m a little simpler and maybe naïve about these things. I say this – AINT GOD GRAND!
I am often struck by the complexity and the artistry of creation. I understand the “bajilloins” of years approach to how this all could have happened but it seems to me that it takes as much faith to believe in NO Creator as it does to believe in THE Creator. Seriously! The things of nature are so complex and sometimes “instinctual” that it seems there are no explanations that make sense for many things outside of a very intentional decision to create beings with innate abilities (Innate meaning “wired into the process” with no particular way of explain how or why). Why do generation after generation of swallows come back to San Juan Capistrano about the same time each year… from Argentina?! Or watch the movie “The March of the Penguins.” Why do penguins in the Antarctic all walk (waddle) hundreds of miles from different locations to the same spot on the same day each year? I assure you it’s not because they all stay in touch via cell phone! Nor do they consult a GPS to find the same location in the vast wilderness of that desolate place. There must be millions of these sorts of examples of the inexplicable complexity and wonder of creation. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is not just a lover of His creation. God is an artist!
If things have not already begun to pick up in your life as we inch toward Christmas… well they likely will! Take some time in the hustle and bustle and look at what God has made. Appreciate the beauty and the complexity of the life that swirls around you. Smell the roses… because God gave them their aroma.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.