Technology vs. Creation

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Photo courtesy of Apple

Top ten most wanted Christmas gifts of 2011:

1. iPad 2

2. Play Station 3

3. Xbox 360 Connect

4. Modern Warfare 3

5. 42 inch LED screen in 3D

6. Amazon Kindle

7. iPod touch

8. Garmen portable GPS

9. Canon 12.1 megapixel

10. Apple laptop

It’s not a surprise that all ten of the most sought after Christmas gifts this year were electronics. In America we devour new technology; we can’t get enough of it. It mesmerizes us and we always want more-something sleeker, thinner, faster and newer. I know I haven’t escaped the allure of our technology crazed culture. I recently got an iPhone and, in all honesty, I love it to death. I have no idea how my iPhone works and it fascinates me. Our natural ability to wonder is God given, but are our gadgets meant to be what fascinates and captivates us? Or were we created to wonder about a different kind of creation?

 

God formed the world in such a way that all of creation is awe-inspiring and ultimately points us to Him. He has given us the ability to marvel so that when we look upon creation we are filled with a fascination that draws us nearer to Him. The object of our wonder was never meant to be flashy gadgets, but the incredible world around us that God has created.

 Here are some awesomely mysterious bits of creation for you to marvel at today:

-An elephant’s trunk has a whopping 20,000 muscles.

-Material from the core of the sun is so hot that just a pinhead of it would produce enough heat to kill a person 1 million miles away!

-While reading this sentence, 50,000 of the cells in your body will die and be replaced with new cells.

-Each winter there are about 1 septillion (1, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 or a trillion trillion) snow flakes that fall from the sky. All of those snowflakes have six sides, yet no two are alike!

-The earth is tipped at 23 ½ degrees in orbit. Because of this we have seasons and the earth maintains a livable climate. Stars in their orbits are far more precise then even the best man-made watch.

-A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

-Chemical wonders: Sodium and chlorine by themselves are poisons. However, when put together, they create a necessity of life-salt! Water is made up of two parts of hydrogen for each part oxygen. Normally oxygen is flammable and hydrogen burns easily; put them together and you get water! Go figure.

The air we breathe: The earth’s atmosphere is always made up of the perfect balance of 79% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. If the amount of nitrogen was to increase, our life processes would slow dramatically and we would die. Where as if the amount of oxygen increases, our life processes would speed up, our pulse would go crazy and we would also eventually die. The balance of nitrogen and oxygen was created perfectly by God to create a stable, livable environment for us.

-If you’re an adult of average height, this is what you accomplish in 24 hours:

Your heart beats 103,689 times.
Your blood travels 168,000,000 miles.
You breathe 23,040 times,
You inhale 438 cubic feet of air.
You eat 3.25 pounds of food.
You drink 2.9 quarts of liquids.
You lose 7/8 pound of waste.
You speak 4,800 words, including some unnecessary ones.
You move 750 muscles.
Your nails grow .000046 inch.
Your hair grows .01714 inch.
You exercise 7,000,000 brain cells.

It is truly mind-blowing how vast creation is. Today I encourage you to open your eyes to the incredible world around you; a painted sunrise, a child’s laugh, a snow storm, the intelligence of your dog, the mountains out your window, the stars. Let creation amaze you and soak in wonder over the mysteries of God.

Ellie Hutchison is a recent high school graduate from the awesome state of Minnesota. This past fall she interned for the 30 Hour Famine at World Vision headquarters in Federal Way, Washington.