Once upon a time, man looked up at the stars, sensing his finiteness and the eternal nature and majesty of God in those stars, he is humbled by such a God.
Today, we have telescopes, astrophysics and the like. No star is too far to grasp it seems. With technology, God doesn’t seem big anymore. Either God got smaller, or we got bigger.
Then every now and then, disaster strikes, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes etc. All our tech seems defeated. The illusion is shattered for a while. We realize our finitude.
Only to say, we will overcome by technology. And willingly veil our eyes with illusion once again.
A friend of mine asked this question on facebook after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. And the resulting nuclear plant meltdown….
“Can technology save us?”
No, it can’t!
In June 2008, I fell and fractured my left arm (left radius bone to be precise) during a trip to Sarawak. To have my arm and hands immobilized was very difficult for me. The thought that the use of my hands will never be the same again made it even worse.
Minutes before i was wheeled in for surgery, so happened that I was left outside the operating theater briefly. As i laid there on the bed alone – feeling anxious, fearful, groggy and chilly (because i was wearing nothing but one of those operation gowns) – my eyes fell on a picture hanging on a wall nearby. I felt comfort and peace, teary-eyed as i silently let myself be wheeled into the operating room. I felt He was speaking. Reminding me of His presence. Since that day, I’ve been searching for that picture.
After three years, i found it…
He was there with me.
“When I awake, I am still with You” ~ Psalm 139:18b
“It is Mach IV with your hair on fire. Buckle up. Heaven will be great.”
Great candid advice given to a young pastor having trouble in his first year in full-time paid ministry.
Read it here