God as An Engineer
by Beth Fiedler
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I have read that Jesus was a carpenter. Do you think God was an engineer? I have to ask this question because it makes sense that we are all part of His master plan-learning only parts of the ‘project’ until one day we can learn the whole.
Take, for example, the view of the earth when you are in an airplane. Doesn’t it look like a circuit board? I mean, if we believe that God is a being looking down on and among us, (and I do), is it that great of a stretch to believe that the farm patch over here is a resistor, that the massive metropolis is a bipolar junction, or that great body of water is a power source on a pc board? Of course, the overall power source on the great motherboard would have to be God Himself, right? Nevertheless, to use the analogy even further, we know that many circuit boards exist on many different devices yet the basic theory runs through all of them that indicate a real universality on the sum of the parts that make up the whole. Do not worry, I am not going to make you integrate here or do partial differential equations. (Those, I think, were not part of God’s work, if you know what I mean.)
Anyway, understanding that there is a great similarity among the many different parts if God was an engineer could help to explain how silly we are as humans when we emphasize the irregularities instead of the similarities between us. Take a look at pc board manufacturers. At some point, a design engineer will realize that (s)he can standardize some components in order to save time and money and increase quality and profit. Common components are generated for universal use and save time because they do not have to be constantly reengineered. They work. Period. Subsequently, some of the engineering comes into play when creating the unique devices. However, invariably, as any engineer from aeronautical to mechanical will tell you, the ‘real’ engineering comes when the bridge is created between the common and the specialized parts in order to create the whole. Here is where I think “God as An Engineer” got it right-He created shared commonalities while allowing for “customization’ via a method of communication between the two. The problem is not that we as humans do not have the pieces of the puzzle of life or a particular device, as the case may be. Instead, the problem has been recognizing that we might have to get the pieces from somewhere else other than the common source and/or create a path to that common or special source via the communication of our needs. This becomes our own special form of engineering (life). This is like combining the custom pc board with the common components of source code, resistors and the power supply to form the big picture as God sees from above the earth.
Take advantage of that perspective of earth from an airplane where you can see how manmade boundaries block progress and prevent communication. Move away from being earthbound and take in some parts of that puzzle that are not common to you so you can really see the big picture. There is not that much difference between a wheat field and a lake except the color and perhaps the shape. Moreover, if color and shape are the only things that ultimately help us distinguish between things at God’s vantage point maybe that will provide the impetus to remove those manmade barriers and instead take those pieces to form a strong and long-lasting bridge of communication between your own sense of common and specific design features.
I think “God as An Engineer” will smile broadly at the thought. In the process, I wonder how much time, energy and money can be saved by using this approach to improve the quality of life from a continuous improvement perspective. Not to mention the residual benefits of leadership under the ‘project manager’.
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Very nice write. You captured me with the introduction.