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Topic: Hum (06/06/13)
TITLE: No Hum
By Ernest Yoder
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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I
know that full well. Psalms 139:14 (NIV)
How long did it take mankind to develop machinery that hums along smoothly? When “hum” and machine or motor or mechanism are used in the same sentence we automatically picture a well engineered piece of equipment that is functioning to the benefit of its purpose. But even the reassuring purr of an automobile engine is due to friction that contributes to its eventual demise. In fact usually the louder a machine the more friction or wear is indicated and the sooner it will need servicing or replacing. That kind of a machine with its dry bearings that squeal, its nuts that are loose, and it gaskets that are leaking is not a humming machine. It is getting ready to be a catastrophe.
It is quite obvious the above verse is not speaking of a human manufactured machine. This scripture asserts an astounding fact about you and me. Our bodies are so well engineered that we are beyond humming. Or perhaps I should amend that statement. We were so well engineered – created – that, until the ravages of the Fall catch up with us, we are beyond humming. What I mean is that our bodies of trillions of cells, each cell a machine containing other machines, is performing thousands upon thousands of tasks and doing it in complete silence. Well, almost complete silence. If you listen closely with a stethoscope you can hear a gentle thswoosh, thswoosh, thswoosh of the pump that is our heart as it valiantly maintains a delivery and disposal system that is second to none in all the earth. Now and then a knuckle may sound a crack or a joint might emit squeak. But those noises are not alarming. The machine God made when He created the human body is so well crafted and designed, lubricated and synchronized with virtually no friction in its day to day operation that it doesn’t even hum.
It took man a long time to design a simple wheel (eventually lubricated with something like beef tallow) on a wooden axle that did not soon develop friction and the accompanying noises that predicted its failure. That is just one part. But God did His thing of a zillion parts in one step. Besides all that, as He created us in His image, He also provided us with the expertise to make machines. The engineering mankind acquired over many years of trial and error is a gift of discovery from God.
Without question we are fearfully and wonderfully made. And because of that we too can make useful and wonderful things. It is imperative for us to thank God even for the wonderful things we produce. When we do an acceptable job we are pleased that what we have made purrs and hums along smoothly. But God did such an excellent job that what He made runs smoothly without humming. Indeed His works are wonderful, especially His work of us.
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