DayBreaks for 09/06/11 – No Need To Explain
Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind: 2 “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? 3 Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. 5 Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? 6 What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone 7 as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? – Job 38:1-7
In 1969, in a science lab in New Jersey, Canadian physicist Willard Boyle and his colleagues invented the concept of an electronic eye. Using their knowledge of mathematics and the behavior of light, they developed the science behind digital cameras that you may know as the charged-coupled device or CCD. This technology revolutionized photography, as light could now be captured electronically instead of on film. CCD technology is used on the Hubble telescope, the Mars Lunar probe and every digital camera in the world. It was Boyle’s invention that allowed us to see the surface of Mars for the first time. In 2009 Boyle was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
A few years after the invention of the technology, Boyle walked into a store to buy a new digital camera based on his invention. During the visit, the salesman tried to explain the intricacies of the digital camera, but stopped, feeling it was too complicated for his customer to understand. According to one long-time friend, Boyle, a humble man, was taken aback by the salesman’s arrogance and disrespect. So Boyle bluntly replied: “No need to explain. I invented it.” When the salesman didn’t believe him, Boyle told the salesman to type “Willard S. Boyle” into his computer and see for himself. A Nikon representative in the store heard the exchange and immediately came over to have his photograph taken with the famous inventor.
You’ve probably had sales persons that seemed impatient with you – especially if they felt you couldn’t grasp the technology they were trying to sell, or if they sensed that you were more interested in a less expensive product. It’s not a nice feeling, is it?
At times we almost act like that impatient salesman in our relationship with God. We tell God how life works or how we think it should work. But God simply and confidently responds, “No need to explain. I invented life.” Yet, somehow, we think we’ve got it nailed and God is wrong. How foolish can we be?
PRAYER: We fall on our face before Your majesty, wisdom and power! Keep us from the arrogance that would challenge Your wisdom and help us yield to Your truth! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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