Sunday, August 24, 2008

chemistry of life

I was thinking this morning about our physical composition, as humans.  It struck me that we are made up of the same chemicals that are in the soil and the air.  Over 99% of our body is composed of 10 chemical elements.  Oxygen, carbon and hydrogen makeup 93% by themselves.  Altogether we are made up of 60 different chemical elements including trace amounts of copper, tin and even arsenic.  You see, the Lord assembles each of us from the same ingredients that form the earth we walk on and the air we breathe.  In one sense we are nothing more than the sum of our physical surroundings.  But in another sense we are spiritual beings, whose composition cannot be entirely identified by our chemistry.  We have life because all of those chemicals are fashioned into complex systems that are completely interdependent and permit us to breathe, to see, to move and to enjoy a high level of physical existence.  But there is no chemistry that will capture a prayer, that can define faith, or that can reflect the relationship we have with the One who forms us.  It must be that we are also made up of the elements of heaven! 
Ezekiel 37:5-6 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD."
Rob Smith

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