They say that male pattern baldness comes through a man’s mother’s father. “They” apparently didn’t do their fact checking. My maternal grandfather’s hairline seemed pretty solid. Here I am showing an unintended display of patriotism by mimicking our national bird.
It’s hard to say what is more noteworthy in this picture: the fact that I look like I belong in the “before” picture on one of those hair restoration billboards, or that I am working on my car. A friend took this picture the other day as we finished up replacing my front brakes and rotors. Maybe I could do it myself next time. Then again, it’s nice to have someone nearby who can tell you if that horrible popping noise was supposed to occur or if it means that you should go buy stock in AutoZone because you’re going to have to purchase 50% of your nearby store’s inventory.
As we worked through the repairs, Bernie showed me a few things about how an engine works. Amazing! One the one hand, an engine makes a lot of sense. On the other hand, it’s very complicated. Step back and consider the car as a whole, and you’re talking about an incredibly complex machine. Sure, it’s frustrating when cars break down, but I find it almost shocking that they ever work!
As I conveyed my awe about automotive function to my wife after I had returned home, she wisely said, “Just think how much more amazing the human body is!” Right on, my good wife. It is simply staggering to think of the intricacy of the workings of the bodies God has designed for us. Our bodies make our cars look like the Rube Goldberg machine that opened the front gate of Mikey’s house in Goonies. Yes, our bodies decay (which includes male pattern baldness, I might add), but the magnificence of their design clearly shows the work of an intelligent being.
That’s one of the reasons I find it unfair when people accuse those who believe in God of having blind faith. Actually, my faith is not blind at all. Faith, as the Bible says, is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV). While I cannot see God Himself, I see clear evidence of God’s design in our world. To use the biblical language, I am assured and convinced that God exists because of the available evidence.
What other evidences of God’s design do you see in our world?
—Beau StanleyFollow @beaustanley
(EDITOR’S NOTE—Photo: Bernie Woller)