A Small Difference

District Fellowship News

May, June 2005


The weather this winter was strange to say the least. South of us they were getting pounded with snow. Even in the Portland area 100 inches of snow fell this winter, and Fort Kent in the north was inundated with the white stuff, but there were places in between that were lucky to have enough snow to allow the normal winter activities to continue. How is that possible? Snow here, dry there. Apparently it had to do with the jet stream and the path the storms took to reach the ocean. A little bit further north and all of Northern New England is covered. A little further south and we are looking at drought conditions in the winter.

Did you realize that almost everything about our world works that same way? In the cosmic scope of things a small change means the difference between life and death. Life cannot survive outside a very narrow temperature band. Too cold and we freeze, too warm and we burn. The amount of oxygen in the air cannot be too great or too little.  Human life can only survive in very specific conditions that scientists say exist because the earth is the correct amount of distance from a star  with the right raw materials, spinning at the correct speed, tilted the right way, and so on. One little change in any of those things and life as you know it would no longer be possible on planet earth. Is this a doomsday prediction, an “it’s time for us all to cower under our beds” statement?

 No, I am talking about the wonder that is the world we live in, the bodies we have, the minds we have been blessed with. As I read about complex human systems like our blood vessels and heart and lungs all working together to take oxygen and nutrients to every cell and then remove carbon dioxide and waste and expel them. As I marvel at the complexity of an eye or an ear, I can only think that there must be a designer, someone who drew up the blueprints, who laid out the systems and who brought them all together considering all the interactions and conflicts. And the designer would have been more intelligent than we are, because he was able to put inside each animal, plant or tree the ability to make more of the same, another of the same kind, yet not a clone but with individual characteristics unique to itself.

As you step out into the world this spring, as you look up to the sky and see the brightness of the sun, or feel the rain falling from the clouds; as you take a breath, or use your thumb to grasp a piece of fruit  against your fingers and bring it to your mouth will you take a moment to thank the creator, the designer that he knew the exact distance to place the earth from the sun, that he knew who you were before you were born, and that he blew his breath into the first man so that we could be like him in his image.