God Loves Systems

10406144_mI have a lifelong fascination with systems. They are everywhere and oftentimes overlooked. From the simplest of systems that we use every day like a coffee maker or an electric toothbrush, to the highly complex systems that propel my vehicle down the freeway every morning, I personally love the technical characteristics and challenges that naturally come along with using them. And while those challenges can tend to drive some people nuts (including my artsy wife), I personally think it’s great stuff.

A system is defined as a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole

What is thrilling to me is that God loves systems too! When he created the world, he did so by using a number of incredibly complex, highly intricate, self-sustaining systems. He then stacked and connected them, one on top of the other, to form the substance of what we see, touch, smell, taste and hear.

Take an atom, for example. The tiny building blocks of everything that’s around us. Their existence depends on a finely-tuned system made up of protons, neutrons, electrons and a nice little nucleus in the center (bringing back 8th-grade science class memories?). An atom is a complex and incredibly tiny system. It is composed of a number of individual parts that all operate together in unison.

When God created the world, he did so by using a number of incredibly complex, highly intricate, self-sustaining systems

For as much as has been discovered over the last two centuries, the atom itself is still shrouded in mystery. Scientists can vaguely see the inner-workings of an atom using powerful microscopes, but they remain mysterious objects. Questions come up, like what makes up an electron? Is the electron itself made up of a system, or group, of individual parts as well? These questions are still out of our reach scientifically. Every fascinating new scientific layer that is discovered contains within it another layer that is shrouded in mystery.

God made our universe immensely complex in its inner-workings and magnificent in its design and operation. He has filled creation with beauty from the largest to the smallest. It is present everywhere. A glimpse of the Grand Canyon in all of its splendor produces a sense of awe that few other natural wonders can. A glimpse at the inner-workings of an atom can produce the same effect. Creation, as a whole, speaks of the intelligence and complexity of its creator.

God made our universe immensely complex in its inner-workings and magnificent in its design and operation

Creation is a beautiful set of systems of which we have barely been able to scratch the surface of discovering. The complexity of it all points to there being an intelligent creator who values beauty and synergy in all that he does.

He hides his splendor in everything!


God’s Story in the Skies
God’s splendor is a tale that is told; his testament is written in the stars.
Space itself speaks his story every day through the marvels of the heavens.
His truth is on tour in the starry-vault of the sky,
showing his skill in creation’s craftsmanship.
Each day gushes out its message to the next,
night with night whispering its knowledge to all.
Without a sound, without a word, without a voice being heard,
Yet all the world can see its story.
Everywhere its gospel is clearly read so all may know.
Psalm 19:1-4 (The Passion Translation)