Ever wondered why you can stare into the flickering flames of a bushveld fire for hours and hours on end without getting bored?
Ever wondered why you can sit and quietly stare at the ocean, watching wave after relentless wave crashing down and some wistfully lapping onto the shore?
I listened to an interesting conversation during Easter that attempted to answer this phenomenon. In a nutshell it went like this: we, as human beings, are so mesmerized by the flickering flame (not because it gives “life” through the provision of heat or because it cooked the Neanderthal’s food). And we are so mesmerized by the relentless wave (not because of soothing ocean sound), but because of a very simple thing. And that is because no two flames are quite the same. And because no two waves are quite alike.
Think about it: ultimately, we know, deep down in our bones, that we (as individual) are very unique from every other single human being on this earth! I have my own thoughts, trapped in my little tiny scull – and amazingly enough, THAT human being over THERE, also has a myriad of thoughts and feelings and emotions and uniqueness trapped inside his/her body and mind!
So how on earth can I not admire the very uniqueness of the flame. A fire is such a simple thing (Neanderthal simplistic and uncomplicated), and yet at the same time it is such a unique thing! Same goes for waves – some waves roll in with massive white walls stretching metres into the air, and then, amazingly, some of the waves following the massive waves are tiny waves which we can only laugh at. Not all waves crash onto the shore at the same speed: the intervals between waves varies – it is unpredictable. You get the point – simple, yet so unique. We don’t like predictable things: we yearn adventure and uniqueness! It is because we are so very unique.
The conversation and subsequent thoughts in my brain all converged and pointed to one thing – that God created us into these very unique beings; each with our own thoughts, feelings, desires, callings, faces, eyes, hair.
How amazingly creative is our God not!? How can we ever be bored with life when we have such an amazing Creator at the helm of our lives!?
Waves and God
The waves keep rumbling on,
Growling until they stutter and fall
Against sand: an unreachable barrier
They are relentless, unquenchable warriors
Launching assault after assault, but not prevailing
For they cannot breach the shoreline
Each wave is mesmerizing –
No two waves exactly alike
Like no two human souls are quite alike,
Each wave is made by Creator’s Hand
With uncanny and amazing creativity
With absolute attention to detail: precision
For God is the Creator of ultimate variety
Look around and behold the vast amount
Of uniqueness – billions of human souls
Billions of animals, birds, fish, flora
Billions of grains of sand
Billions of snowflakes
Billions of atoms floating around
Billions of stars
And then you want to convince me
That the universe created itself?
Written by Francois Hermanus Steyn – April 2016