GodStop Friday – in the details

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket 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.

Just one example is our own DNA. Within a single living cell, the nucleus of that cell contains unique protein molecules that carry our DNA or genetic blueprint. Microbiologists cannot yet thoroughly catalog a DNA structure that is about two nanometers in width, but they can derive an amazing quantity of information on everything from our gene structures and hereditary traits to propensities for getting a specific disease. Our DNA very possibly holds the key to all kinds of aspects of our lives, but we are still in the primitive stages of even knowing what all this tiny piece of life contains. I am no scientist, and can’t begin to do this justice but it still fills me with wonder beyond my own understanding of how God is in the minutest detail of each piece of life.

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.

May His Glory be further revealed to you, and in doing so, enlighten us with His Love and His Life.

9 thoughts on “GodStop Friday – in the details

  1. The last paragraph really packs a punch. You said all of this so well it’s difficult to even make a statement about it because it’s so good!

  2. I saw your comment on the lproof.org blog and wanted to look at your blog. So happy I did. What a wonderful post. Thank you.

  3. Wow I loved this…
    Sometimes I just sit and look around at the world around me and I can’t get a grip on how he has put everything together so wonderfully… I think that is why I paint little parts of his glory…
    Thank you again, I love the way you put it…
    God Bless

  4. I love your post. It reminded me that our world changes daily but our God is constant, unchanging, almighty, awesome and truly amazing ! He knit us together and know us all better than we know ourselves. WOW !



  5. Truly awesome and sometimes so hard for me to get my mind around His “Awesomeness!”

    You did a great job weaving that all together. You’re a smart woman miss Annie!!

    God is awesome and I am in awe of Him. He is beautiful.

    Much love~

  6. Wow, it doesn’t get much better than this! What a great post! Computers can quickly become obsolete but not our God, NO… I’m so glad our God will never become obsolete!
    Much love,
    Angie xoxo

  7. You did a great job. The analogy is great. Our eyes and brain are just part of what is so complex and He made all of it to work together. I still don’t understand half of what you said about computers and that’s okay. I also don’t understand all that God has done and planned for us nor everything I read in the scriptures. BUT, I’m so grateful and in love with Him for all He did in the past for us and all that He has planned for us and we don’t have to worry about any glitches like that can happen with a computer. Blessings…

  8. If you don’t mind me saying it this way, HOW COOL is this post?!! I loved how you put all of this together. Praise our AMAZING Creator! He is in every single details of our lives. To me that is so comforting. We can talk to Him about anything and everything!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us today!

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