By Rachel Gardner
Breathtakingly beautiful. Inscrutably complex. Seemingly infinite possibilities. What could I be referring to? The human body, one of my favorite evidences of God. Our bodies are so rich with beauty and mystery and order and chaos all working in such a way that we are able to exist, and not only exist, but thrive, for our short time on the earth. We have a heart that beats, lungs that enable us to breathe, and a brain that allows us to think, reason, feel, communicate, and the list goes on. We do not do these things perfectly because our world is not perfect, but the fact that we can do these things and so much more to the degree that we do is quite remarkable.
Now you do not have to be a self-proclaimed science nerd like me to appreciate what’s in this article because the point of this article is not science, it is God and how His love for us is so big.
I know many times our bodies fail us, but on the whole, right this minute, millions (if not more) of processes are happening at the cellular – nay, molecular – level in your body without you being consciously aware of it.
Advancements certainly help to improve our quality of life, but despite the noble pursuit of research, I do not believe we will ever be able to know and understand everything about the human body because we did not create it. We can only discover what God has already created: a body to house our spirit that enables us to walk, talk, sense, and reason. How kind that God would bestow such a gift to us? He created us in His image (Genesis 1:27), created us to process information in that beautiful brain of ours and to make choices, the most important being to choose or reject a relationship with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” Not only is our body our spirit’s dwelling, but the Holy Spirit’s dwelling too. Paul says we’ve received the Holy Spirit from God, so that means that He chose for the Holy Spirit to dwell in our bodies, making them sacred, holy, set-apart vessels.
Maybe, as some say, all these processes happening in us right now are occurring by chance, or just randomly happen, but I do not see how a vehicle such as the body, with such purposeful processes, full of mystery and levels upon levels of detail could be by happenstance, could be done so without a loving, caring, benevolent God behind it.
I am choosing a career in medicine because every day I will have the privilege of partnering aside other human beings as I seek to help them live their most healthy life, but also because I never want to stop learning about and appreciating this unbelievable gift from God.