In 1998 an issue of the journal Cell was devoted to molecular machines, with articles like “The Cell as a Collection of Protein Machines” and “Mechanical Devices of the Spliceosome: Motors, Clocks, Springs and Things.” Referring to his student days in the 1960’s, Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences, wrote that “the chemistry that makes life possible is much more elaborate and sophisticated than anything we students had ever considered.” In fact, Dr. Alberts remarked, the entire cell can be viewed as a factory with an elaborate network of interlocking assembly lines, each of which is composed of a set of large protein machines. He emphasized that the term machine was not some fuzzy analogy; it was meant literally.
—“Design for Living” by Michael Behe, New York Times, Monday, February 07, 2005
It’s easy for me to lose sight of life’s big picture. And it’s especially the case that when my day gets tied in a really big knot, my thoughts of the miracle of life seem so distant, even strange.
But I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my mind will not be constantly engaged and in sync with the wonders of this universe. Little things like worry, fear, and even boredom, constantly parade themselves through the passages of my brain and blind my thoughts of greater things. I must at times pause to remind myself that life is truly remarkable and that its complexity speaks plainly of an intelligent design. It seems equally clear to me that design did not end with the original creation and that events themselves are complexly woven. This speaks of an intelligence that is living and active.
But like I said, my mind is too often tied up with the tedium of the day to be held in constant awe of such a great, yet obvious, presence. And while it’s hard sometimes to even believe the obvious, I know that it would take even more effort to convince myself that biological life and the seeming progression of universal events all result from random forces — that there was, or is, no intelligence, only energy. And to think that those forces intersected in such a way as to produce the complex machinery of life, well that’s a real stretch. And I think it is for some scientists as well.
For example, Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, once wrote that biologists must constantly remind themselves that what they see was not designed but evolved. (Imagine a scientist repeating through clenched teeth: “It wasn’t really designed. Not really.”)
— “Design for Living” by Michael Behe, New York Times, Monday, February 07, 2005
I think that I’ll just continue to take the easy road and believe that it was God who created the universe and that infinitely so we live within the greater design of His active plan.
Day 7 Guide
Pause at the start of this week to consider the thought of awesome power. Get your mind on the fact that you are part of God’s active and beautiful power and that this week you are to play an important role in His plan.
© 2005, Levi Hill