Sunday night, Peggy and I walked up a hill overlooking the city to see all the different firework shows taking place. After a couple of failed attempts at capturing the scene with my camera, we found just watching more fun.
We could see the glory of human wisdom dancing all around us. Each explosion revealed the human skill needed to build, ship, receive and set off the fireworks. Human wisdom was visible in the buildings, roads, and bridges all lit up by human generated lights. My cellphone provided me updates on human wisdom escaping my attention. A quick check of Facebook, a baseball score and a missed email.
When the mosquitoes informed us the night was now theirs, we headed home. Turning our eyes from the city, we looked up into the darkness of a cloudless sky. Stars danced above, struggling to be visible through all the ground light. The power of human wisdom was trying desperately to subdue their radiance.
This morning I read the story of Jesus healing two blind men. I thought of Sunday night and wondered if we are becoming blinded by our own glory? How often does anyone look at the universe unfiltered anymore?
Today, we see the universe filtered through human ingenuity; a telescope, a spacecraft or a computer generated movie. The universe, unfiltered, reveals a sense of the Almighty. It places our human wisdom into perspective. We are creatures living in the glory of a Creator, who holds more together than just firework shows, traffic patterns and businesses.
Human wisdom brings great joy to life, but it can also leave us feeling harassed and helpless. I pray you have the sight to see the radiance of the Almighty working in the midst of human wisdom. (Mt. 9:27-38)