The human body is an amazing creation. I am told that we are able to distinguish some 10,000 different smells. The tissue in our brains weighs only 3 pounds, but there are complex interactions of thousands of synapses taking places at nano- speed that allow us to quickly identify the rose we smell.
In a single square inch of skin, there are 450 touch cells that signal the pressure of a friend patting our arm. When we cup our hand over our ears and “hear the ocean,” we are actually hearing the coursing of blood cells as they rushing along the capillaries in our head. Inside the human eye there are 107 million cells. Seven million are cones that give us color awareness and there are another hundred million that help us see in dim light. And each cone or rod triggers an electrical impulse in our brain so that we can see clearly and in color.
Our brains are so adaptive that when we put glasses on that make the world seem upside, in just a short period of time, our brains will reinterpret that information and we will perceive the world right side up. If you blindfold someone for an extended period of time, the vision center itself will adapt and will begin to be used for other functions.
We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made!
David declares those words in Psalm 139:13-14:”You created my inmost being; you knit us together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
His careful choice of words was specific. To be created “fearfully” means to have great reverence, it is a heartfelt response to something amazing. And to be “wonderfully” created is to be unique, set apart, being uniquely marvelous. We are told to respond to the intricacies of our body with wonder and amazement.
Likely the activities of this week will look a lot like the activities of last week. And if we are not careful, you and I may find ourselves in ruts of our own making. The “same old-same old” can easily become the pattern of our lives.
So this week, stop and consider how fearfully and wonderfully you are made. Think about the miles and miles of blood vessels carrying the life of your flesh (Lev. 17:11) our blood, from heart to limb and back again. Consider the process our bodies go through as we thoughtlessly take in a breath and exchange oxygen for carbon monoxide. Consider how your digestive system takes that salad you had for lunch and breaks it down into some things our body can use to sustain us.
Maybe if we muse a bit on how complex our bodies really are we will also consider how amazing the creative love of our heavenly Father really is…and thank him.
Warmest regards in Christ,
Sherry L. Worel
Stoneybrooke Christian Schools