“May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in His works – He who looks at the earth, and it trembles, Who touches the mountains, and they smoke." Psalm 104:31-32
At the moment of conception, the newly fertilized egg contains a staggering amount of genetic information sufficient to control a human’s growth and development for an entire lifetime. A single thread of DNA from one human cell contains information equivalent to a library of 1,000 volumes or 600,000 printed pages with 500 words on every page. At conception, one embryo has the equivalent of 50 times the amount of information contained in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
The entire process is mind-blowing! A few years ago, Alexander Tsiaras, a mathematician at Yale University, presented a TED Talk on the birth process. He showed never-before-seen videos and photos of the stages of development of the unborn child. Tsiaras was so astounded by what he saw, this is how He concluded his presentation, “The complexity of these things, the mathematical model of how these things are indeed done, is beyond human comprehension. Even though I am a mathematician I look at this with the marvel of, ‘How did these instruction sets build that which is us?’ It is a mystery. It is magic. It is divinity.”
It is God’s intention and purpose that we are stunned and awed by His work of creation. But not for the sake of the created but for the Creator. God means for us to always look at what He has created and marvel at Him. If what He has created is so wonderful and majestic, what must He be like?
A day is coming when it won’t be the oceans or the mountains, the stars or the galaxies that fill us with wonder. It won’t be what God has made that we marvel at and praise. It will be God Himself. All of our wonder, awe, and worship will be directed at Him and Him alone. This is the purpose of creation – to point us to Him and to prepare us for the great day when at last we will meet Him face to face.
Dear Lord, as amazing as your creation is, you as the Creator are even more amazing. I pray that I would not get so distracted by what you have made that I forget to stand in awe of you as my Maker. In Jesus' name, amen.