I have a neck ache. For just about 2 years now.
The doctor said it’s tension due to looking at the computer screen and looking down at my phone too much. And I wasn’t even that active on Facebook and such. Just a “light user”. In fact, he said that he was seeing an increasing number of youths in their teens coming in with the same complaint – something that he didn’t use to see until people reached late forties and fifties.
I guess our bodies are trying to tell us we weren’t really made to keep looking downwards. At our screens and our shoes. At the dust and specks on the ground.
The remedy? Neck stretches. Once every hour, slowly raise and tilt your neck up as far as it can go. Wow. That wasn’t exactly rocket science.
Why do we need to face a medical problem before we will – under instruction – look up?
Based on a quick mental scroll-through, I’ve come to the sobering conclusion that man is the one creature with the greatest ease of ability to look up at the sky and heavens. Sure, there are animals like the ostrich and emu who walk upright, and most animals can flex their neck and look up too, and of course we musn’t forget the lizards and bugs that happen to be stuck on walls facing up, and the dolphins poking their heads out of the water, but more than all others we can hyperflex our necks to fully and comfortably face up, lean back on our chairs or simply lie down on our backs to gaze up at the sky.
We were made to naturally and easily look upwards whenever we want. So why is it that we hardly do?
Because our first instinct as man is to look inwardly to ourselves and our own resources than outwardly to a divine being for answers.
Many a times we tend to look at what’s happening around us, be it in our lives, in other people’s lives, or things happening around the world. When we face a problem, we start looking down at what we can do or find on the internet or around to other people who can help us.
The last thing we want to do is look up to God, because we mostly view God based on our own knowledge, experience, and circumstances – horizontally.
This horizontal view of God can make God appear slow, reluctant, confusing, or even indifferent; and, not exactly very big at all.
But you see, God isn’t meant to be viewed horizontally, He is meant to be viewed vertically. If you are a lover of astronomy and science, or you want to enlarge your view of God, or you are just looking to find out more about whether God is really real and who God might be, then you need to get hold of the Indescribable talk by Ps Louie Giglio.
In it, Ps Louie takes you on a spectacular tour of the cosmos, and reveals with stunning images – most of them courtesy of NASA – how the stars and the universe proclaim the glory and splendour of God, as well as readjusts the perspective of how we see ourselves in the grand scheme of things.
Sure, science and the big bang theory can tell us the mechanics of how the universe might have come about and how it continues to grow today, but it can never explain how the process was so intelligent that everything was put in just the right place so that life could flourish on Earth and all the stars make all these beautiful constellations.
I’m a science student. Years ago, a friend brought me to a session at church where they spoke of God creating the cosmos, and I went away still having many questions of faith, wondering how one could possibly be sure it was the one God who created all of that or many divine beings who did it. I’m glad that today, these questions in my heart have been completely settled, and I have unwavering peace about the truth of the answer.
I’ve come to realise that in truth, science doesn’t contradict the Bible. It simply confirms it. When we take the Bible as the starting basis of science, the discoveries of science no longer remain puzzling and intriguing, but altogether mind-blowing and exciting.
Even the everyday things present around us become a wonder of His love and grace. Not just the night sky showing the greatness of God through the brilliance of the billions of stars, but the day sky with its expanse of blue and tufts of white clouds. Blue is the colour commonly associated with heaven, and speaks of the heavenly Saviour who came down from heaven as Man to save us in grace, and with His sacrifice washed our sins as white as snow (and clouds). The rainbow which reminds us of God’s promise to Noah after the great flood, that it would be an eternal reminder every time it rained that God would never again be angry to once again destroy the earth in a flood.
So I hope I have given you a greater interest and incentive to look up more this year. And if you still have this question: ok, say God did create the heavens and the earth, but why then didn’t He just pick another planet to start over when this one became so messed up, know this:
You’re right. He could, but He didn’t. He chose to come down and save us instead. Not because we did anything to deserve it, but because He is rich in love and mercy.
Because when we encounter Jesus, we encounter grace.