“ All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The American poet and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson surely has put his finger on a great truth with the above quote. So much of life that is right in front of us screams the existence of a creator, a master designer, a God.


One needs look no further than the human body itself to prove this. I can remember as a child my dad once said to me “ Isn’t it neat how peoples’ ears are in exactly the right place so as to hold up their glasses so that they can see?”  I remember that we were sitting out on our front porch on a hot summer’s evening and he and I both giggled when he said that. He then began to get quite silly as he began saying “What if our ears were here?” and he put his hands on top of his head and waved at me. I then began to laugh loudly which was his goal all along. I recall that little conversation that night as if it were yesterday yet many years later I realize how profoundly accurate his point was.


The human body is a wonder….a complex and intricate masterpiece. How often have you heard a news report in which someone has been shot and the doctor that is interviewed says something like “ If the bullet had been one eighth of an inch to the left, the victim would be paralyzed, or incapacitated in some other way, or even dead.”  This is simply because the human body is an orderly, carefully put together creation. It contains bones, muscles, arteries, vessels, nerves, connective tissue, cells and countless other components all intertwined perfectly for the body to function correctly. Did this all happen by accident? Is it just by chance that our hands are located at the ends of our arms so that we can use them in the manner that we do? Is it just a random coincidence we have fingers that give us the ability to grasp and hold and allow us to use them as we do in everyday life? To some these may seem like ridiculous questions…but have you really stopped and thought about how the human body itself points to an intelligent, methodical, purposeful creator?  I dare say that most folks have not.


I have heard the analogy many times that the human body being formed purely by accident can be likened to a watch maker who is staring at a huge pile of hardware on a table in front of him. The pile consists of all the parts that make up a watch…the links, the springs, the metal dial, the hands…all the little screws and such. He gathers them up in his hands and wildly throws all the tiny pieces in the air and what comes falling down into his hands is a perfectly constructed watch. Sounds ludicrous doesn’t it?  That’s because it is…and so it is in thinking that the human body, the planet earth, our solar system, and that mankind itself just accidentally happened.


Think of that illustration every time that you glance at your watch. The laws of physics prove that something so intricately made as a watch cannot happen randomly and a watch pales in comparison to the human body in terms of the detail, the complexity, the absolute wonder of the finished product.


This world, all of nature and all that we see surely does teach us to trust the creator for all that we have not seen. Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right. He was not only smart but insightful and apparently a man of faith. Are you?


Romans 1: 19-20  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen , being understood by the things made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse