In 1973, my sister and I went in together with our big allowances (she said jokingly) and bought my mother a $79 calculator from Texas Instruments. We had saved for months and all it did was add, subtract, multiply, and divide, which was a dream come true for a teacher who averaged grades every six weeks. We were definitely “movin’ on up” as George Jefferson would have said.
My first year in college in 1979, I took a computer science class. We had to type out entire codes on Fortran cards and go to a giant static-free room that had special fans and air conditioners that housed the one school computer. The computer itself was the size of a small room. It was slow as Christmas, and heaven forbid, if you typed the letter “o” instead of the number zero. Fortran language was just one step beyond the binary system that I never understood, but I was very thankful for sets of cards that the fraternities kept that allowed me to cheat my way right through that course. I hope the “If statements, and Go Tos” of Fortran and this picture do not bring back bad memories for anyone else—my hands are in a cold sweat just looking at one of these evils.
Five years later, in 1984, Mike and I brought home our first desktop computer, an IBM personal computer, as it was called, (thus PC) with a hard drive using DOS, totally pre-Windows, that had an amazingly huge capacity at 100 KB—no kidding, loaded with a Lotus software that was purely revolutionary. (For comparison, a good digital picture is bigger than that today.)
Today, my backup drive is no bigger than a box of Altoids and contains 160 GB hard drive. This all transpired in the course of thirty years. I swore I wouldn’t be one of those old women who said “I remember when…” and never really amazed the current generation who is thinking 160 GB is small potatoes. Here’s a news flash for you though that may impress you: An IBM white paper predicts that by 2010 the amount of digital information will double every eleven hours. I do have a point that I am sloooowly getting to: imagine how much information is contained on a single chip of technology and the sheer significance of its magnitude in its smallness.
In a similar way, I see God revealed. This is GodStop Friday, where Patty hosts a wonderful collection of stories where bloggers have seen God this week. I am only beginning to see the magnificent power and brilliance of our amazing God. Everywhere I turn, there is evidence of further glory revealed. Just when I start feeling small and somewhat insignificant, I realize we are only at the tip of the iceberg to discover the most amazing intricacies of life and how it works. We started by knowing “the life is in the blood.” (Deut 12:23) and to this day, we have no idea how intricately and remarkably designed each nanobit of us is constructed.
He is in our goings and comings. He writes the “If…then” statements of our Fortran cards. He orchestrates the “Go tos” of our existence. Forgive me if comparing our mighty Lord to a computer offends you. It very simply is the only thing that is remotely close to compare our human capacity in containing megabytes of information in the smallest of containers. He’s in smaller bits than our DNA. Our miraculous God is in the details beyond our wildest imaginations.