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Thursday, April 26, 2018
If you have read some of my entries, you may have noticed I talk about energy once in a while. Energy is an important aspect of relationships and a different kind of energy is important in nature. We had a chance to visit The Grove of the Patriarchs at Mt Rainier. The trees are astoundingly large. It takes a lot of energy (in the form of sunlight, water, and nutrients) to keep a tree alive. I tried putting my hand on a tree to see if I could feel the energy, but it just felt like good strong wood.
Sometimes we take things for granted. We see that the strong wood at the base of the tree supports the rest of the tree higher up. But what makes the wood strong enough? We might say it is carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, calcium, etc. As we dig down we find that atoms are made of energy, and energy follows the first law of thermodynamics where energy cannot be created or destroyed. Through experimentation the energy stays constant, so this observation has become a law.
In some ways we take natural laws for granted, such as the first law mentioned above. It just always works, so we don’t give it another thought. As science digs deeper into atoms, it appears nothing is there except forces and motion. It is just energy, whatever that is. It is not a hologram or projection. Samuel Johnson famously kicked a rock to demonstrate how real atoms are.
It is easy to take God for granted. We might think nature and atoms are so constant that God is not necessary to keep them going. However, realizing that we don’t know why atoms keep going, also helps us realize we don’t know much about God. The best way to learn about God is through the Bible. I like this text in Colossians 1:17 “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Let’s strive to learn more about God’s love by being humble and reading His word.