Several months ago our refrigerator kicked the bucket. Though it lasted much longer than expected, over time and through several repairs of my own, it was time to get a new one. I wish I could have told you what was wrong with it and maybe have created a blog post on how I fixed it, but I was jumping through hoops trying to get it working. It was difficult to find parts, a bear to tear apart, and to no avail, it just needed to go.
Through several places, sales, and just waiting on God’s provision and right timing, we were able to buy a KitchenAid model; not the one that my wife originally wanted, but very comparable. It was an amazing upgrade…one that will hopefully last a very long time. But, I digress.
For years, every summer my wife has put up the swimming pool by herself. We made a deal with each other: she would put it together, I would connect the filter system, lines, and chlorinator, and then we would tear it down and clean it together. It was a great agreement. But this year we had some friends come over and help, and so the new fridge was stocked with snacks and ice from the icemaker. By the end of the long day and into the night, the icemaker was completely empty, just in time to go to bed.
But what do you know, I woke up and the icemaker was full of ice again. Was it magic? Did Santa’s elves come in and put ice in my freezer? No. It had done what it was designed to do — make ice. Not only did it make ice, but it keeps the cold food cold, the frozen food frozen, and all on it’s own. It tells me when there is a problem with an alert on the monitor, but for the most part, it takes care of glitches and issues all on it’s own.
One morning as I sat in the kitchen and listened to the ice maker dumping ice and refilling that it occurred to me how more of an amazing design human human beings are than this refrigerator. Even more so…how we were designed with purpose and intent in mind.
Have you ever stopped to think that just the human heart — a muscle the size of a clenched fist — pumps at an average about 70 times a minute that adds up to over 100,000 beats a day and 2.5 billion beats in the average lifetime, all the while never needing to be primed, lubricated, turned on, or even its pressure adjusted. It’s function is to maintain a constant flow of blood throughout the body which replenishes oxygen and circulates nutrients among cells and tissues all on it’s own; never being needed to be told to do it. That is amazing.
The human central computer, the brain, comprises about 2% of the body’s total weight (approximately three pounds), but uses 20% of its total energy and oxygen intake. Made up of 73% water, it contains roughly 86 billion brain cells which can transmit 1,000 nerve impulses per second with its information traveling up to 268 miles per hour, generating about 20 watts of electricity. The brain has about 48.6 thoughts per minute which adds up to over 70,000 per day. Just as my refrigerator tells me there is a problem with it, that things need to be addressed, the human brain receives pain signals to alert us when there is a problem. There is so much more we don’t know about the brain than what we do know. But it is an amazing design by the Great Creator.
As cool as my refrigerator is (pun intended), nothing is as amazing as the human body. There are so many other parts that we haven’t even touched upon. Skin that is waterproof and regrows every day; eyes that reflect light, give us the ability to see, and to clean itself; breathe without needing to tell our lungs to inhale and exhale; and the ability to balance, walk, run, climb, swim, sit, and stand, think, create, build, and learn. It was the human mind and body that created my refrigerator, but it was God, the Creator of all that designed us for His purpose and His good pleasure.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! [Psalm 139:13-17 NKJV]
Have you thanked the Lord for your body today? Leave a comment below and let us know what you are thankful to your Creator for.