I have just finished reading one of my Christmas presents: Bill Bryson’s ‘The Body’. Bill has a knack of explaining all sorts of facts and figures in most interesting and entertaining ways. He covers all aspects of the body and describes how and what scientists have discovered about how our body works. Some of the experiments and details are perhaps a little gory from time to time with this particular subject. Not for the faint-hearted!
Inside the dust jacket of my hardback version is a review about the book which says: “... what emerges is that we are infinitely more complex, wondrous and mysterious than any of us might have expected… ‘The Body’ will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular.’
This book was written and published just before the outbreak of COVID 19 but describes what we knew at the time about other epidemics and diseases, which was remarkably little, except that diseases are constantly mutating and appear to be capable of confusing our immune systems!
After reading this book it caused me to reflect: “We are fearfully and wonderfully made” as the Psalmist says in Psalm 139. As humans, it is clear we still know very little about how our Creator God designed and made the body to work and why it works the way it does.
Before I retrained as a teacher I studied Biochemistry at Bath and worked in medical research for five years. During that time, and indeed since, I have met many who felt that modern science had dispensed with our need for God. Human knowledge could explain everything and solve any problems we had, they argued. In contrast, the more I studied all the intricate workings of living organisms including plants at a cellular level and as whole organisms, the more it seemed to point me to God as the incredible designer, our Creator whose ways far surpass any human knowledge.
The COVID 19 pandemic has challenged experienced doctors, disease specialists, researchers and governments around the world and it seems that it has exposed our incredible vulnerability when we rely on mere human skills and knowledge. We can land a person on the moon but we can’t cure some of the most common illnesses and issues in our world.
Humanly speaking, it would be so easy to feel that the situation is hopeless, but as Christians our hope rests in our loving Father God, Creator of the Universe, who has a purpose and plan for us as individuals and who has the whole creation in His hands.
Praise God that we can pray for those suffering from illness, for God can heal our bodies miraculously. We can also pray for our medics and scientists, that God will speed their research and reveal knowledge and insights so that we can see more miraculous breakthroughs in treatments and start to make a difference to those suffering, not just from COVID 19, but from other diseases.