A friend of mine recently sent me an Internet collection of dramatic photographs from around the world. It was comprised of spectacular scenic shots and incredible architectural achievements. I gazed with wonder at ornate painted ceilings and intricately designed clocks and sundials; at stunning viaducts, bridges and cityscapes. I saw an entire village perched on the top of a rocky mountain peak, and a switchback road winding its way up to the summit of a remote hillside. Another photograph was a precarious rope bridge stretching across a deep river gorge and another clinging to a sheer rock face.
And I thought of the sheer ingenuity and creativity of Man. Many of the structures I saw were constructed centuries ago, which means their designers and builders lacked all of the modern technology that we so readily take for granted. How did they achieve such astonishing feats? What inspired these creative works?
But Man has always enjoyed challenges. We strive to go faster and higher, deeper and further than those people who came before us. We travel to outer space and we explore the inner structure of the atom. Our children and grandchildren take computers for granted as the boundaries of science and technology expand at ever increasing rates. It seems that the mind and creativity of Man has no limit … or does it?
Scripture reminds us that we were created by God, and that his thoughts and actions are infinitely higher than ours. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55: 8-9)
As we justifiably celebrate the achievements of Man, let’s remember that the God who created us - as a tiny speck in His universe - is so much bigger and smarter than we are. He is able to move through time and space as easily as we lift our hand, or walk across a room.
So yes, let’s marvel at Man’s creativity, but remember that this too comes from God.