TITLE: A Symphony of Miracles Chapter 27 Symphonic Structure 3/23/14
By Richard McCaw
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As a young adult in Jamaica, I remember playing in a symphony orchestra, comprised of four basic groups of instruments: 1. Strings 2. Woodwinds 3. Brass and 4. Percussion. Each group sometimes took center stage to capture the audience’s attention, or supported other instruments taking the lead.
As a symphony’s differing elements combine to give one harmonious sound, so events such as birth, broken human relationships, tragedies, God’s deliverance from disasters, the very creation around us, structure in music, art, language, choices we make, determine our path, and reveal that there are no accidents, but a God in complete control. Our spiritual eyes begin to perceive the miracle of the new birth, His provision and natural endowments, and how He connects us to people and influences. Sometimes we recognize supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Prayer makes us aware of angels and demonic forces, and elements of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, which do not come naturally to us. We experience peace during turmoil, love in the midst of hate, awakening us to one grand symphony, declaring Him Supreme Lord, Governor of the universe, our Loving Redeemer and Friend.
Once more, we must ask: Is it conceivable that the amazing complexity of the animal kingdom, the fantastic functioning of the human body, the precise performance of the heavenly bodies to provide for our need to exist on earth, be the result of billions of accidents over billions of years? Could a world that appears so intricately and delicately designed have come together by mere chance? Surely, it would demand more faith in order to accept that philosophy! Even Darwin himself wrote in Origin of species, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
Consider in particular the genius of a great violin symphony that still captivates audiences long after the composer is gone.
Firstly, the composer had painstakingly created a masterpiece. Secondly, consider the violinist himself, who studied for years, whose fingers, weight of arms and passion of soul display great skill. Thirdly, consider the delicately hand-made violin, with the right thickness of wood, shape of its belly, back, fingerboard, carefully designed strings, and special varnish, all contributing to its exquisite tone. Fourthly, remember the advanced technological geniuses of our present age, who have developed cassette, compact disc, and digital technology, television, radio, and satellite. Eliminate any one factor, and such great music would be lost to musically sensitive ears.
However, as for me, at last I came to understand a well-defined scientific method, namely, that of ‘complexity.’ That means that anything designed shows evidence that it is sufficiently complex, consisting of many interacting parts. I have firmly concluded that God has always been, and is ever the Skillful Organizer, who fits everything marvelously into its right place in the universe!
One of the first names attributed to this complex personality is ‘Elohim’, a plural word in the Hebrew, which could be translated ‘gods’. However, He is One God, described in the Hebrew with the word ‘echad’, a word which means plurality in unity, much like the complexity found in the analysis of the human eye; one eye, yet made up of so many intricate parts. This complex Creator has made man more complex than we can ever imagine, and a universe, so complex, scientists are still trying to fathom the depths of its complexity.
Great praise and honor therefore belongs to Him, Who created all things! We ought then to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and determine to serve Him all the days of our lives.
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