A single thought can be of great significance to our existence. Some remarkable ideas have become reality and given us a better quality of life. Ideas that have led to scientific discoveries that have contributed to major improvements in our people’s well being. No doubt we have benefited greatly with the invention of the MRI, magnetic resonance imaging. Who would ever have imagined that a machine could be devised to scan and detect cancer in the human body without even touching a scalpel? Even today upright machines have been created to produce images of soft tissues for detection of illnesses and diseases and further our study of the anatomy of the human body. Just think of the lives that have been saved due to the precision of this invention and the technology that stands behind it. It is a great achievement for its inventor, Dr. Raymond Damadian, to achieve success in his noble pursuit for a better method of advance detection. Gifted with a scholarly mind and an indomitable spirit, God has enabled him to benefit the whole world with his invention.
Creative brilliance really when analysed are often a contribution from a number of different things over time. In Dr. Damadian’s case, he had a keen mind that was further nurtured by fellow scientist, colleagues and researchers to look into the possibilities of what such a device would mean to the world of medicine. Dr. Damadian pointed to the one outstanding event that evoked great personal wonder about God’s providence, was the day that funds for his experimental machine, appropriately nicknamed “indomitable”, was nearly gone. So in order to purchase a larger magnet at a cost of a $150 000, he would need something quite spectacular to happen since he had little more than $15 000 left in his budget. What happened next is what he called a “miracle moment.” His contact at Westinghouse Electric informed Mr. Damadian that due to a recent decision to close down the department responsible for building superconducting magnets, that their remaining stock was available for $15.000, the exact amount that Dr. Damadian’s could possibly spend. None of the logistics were known ahead by the seller. Yet, the specific length of wire needed for a magnet of this magnitude to scan a human body was readily available at a purchased price that was greatly reduced was no coincidence. God had stretched out his hand and helped his child much like he did for Israel in the wilderness. God always provides at the right time and in the right amount. It was like manna from heaven coming down but this time in wire form, thirty miles of it, to be precise.
I suppose in the new year, you might have something in mind that you may think defies possibilities. At least you may think it does. You may have put out of your mind the idea of God’s existence. You may not have experienced a phenomenal moment where God has spoken to you through exceptional circumstances where it became unmistakeably clear that God was acting on your behalf. No real evidence of His Goodness you say? Look again! God has been behind every good thing that mankind has enjoyed. All good gifts are from God whether inventors admit it or not, God has endowed them with exceptional minds. Dr. Damadian is a scientist and researcher who sees God as being ultimately responsible for any success in his work and personal life. He acknowledges that God has worked behind the scenes, not only for his benefit, and the general good of mankind, but more importantly for God’s own glory.
Your life will be forever changed once you commit to the unalterable fact that God is in control of the universe and controls the course of human history as He sees fit. God has endued certain men with great intelligence such as Copernicus — Astronomy, Gilbert — discovered earth’s magnetic poles, Galileo — invented the telescope, Bacon — scientific method for empirical thinking, Pascal — breaking groundwork for the computer, Newton — laws of gravitation and motion, Faraday — laws of electricity and generating it, Pasteur — microbial origin of disease. Divine intervention was behind these great discoveries, since His truth is at the foundation of all knowledge. Whether God receives credit for it or not does not lessen its truthfulness. God is the cause for any discovery and merits are praise. Great harm is done to our culture when God is not given His due recognition that is behind the brilliance of the Galileos, Da Vincis, or Van Goghs of this world. The optics are all wrong when we fail to see God at work in His creation. We have not pulled back the curtain far enough to see the greatness of God. We learn from the Bible that “in Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”. The origin of our being and discoveries are found in Christ, our triune God. Christ is truth and his immeasurable wealth of wisdom is His to do as He pleases. He has been so gracious as to give our world exceptional thinkers to benefit all of us.
May God give you a renewed vision of Himself in the new year. Our prayer is that Christ the Creator becomes your Savior. That you find in Him forgiveness and mercy to begin a new life that He has promised to all those that come to Him.