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The Thumb Alone

Good morning. It is Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.


“What goes up must come down.” That quote reminds me of an old song by Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel”. It is said the song represents the cycles of events we go through in life. But I quickly digress.


"We build too many walls and not enough bridges."


“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.”


“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”


Do you know who these four quotes are attributed to?


Sir Isaac Newton. Such an interesting man!


He was born on Christmas day 1642. He was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, theologian, and author. He was widely recognized as one of the greatest mathematicians and physicists of all time and among the most influential scientists.


Newton built the first practical reflecting telescope and developed a sophisticated theory of color based on the observation that a prism separates white light into the colors of the visible spectrum.


Newton's work has been said "to distinctly advance every branch of mathematics then studied". His work on the subject, usually referred to as fluxions or calculus.


Newton died in his sleep in London on 20 March 1727. He was given a ceremonial funeral, attended by nobles, scientists, and philosophers, and was buried in Westminster Abbey among kings and queens. He is also the first scientist to be buried in the abbey. After his death, Newton's hair was examined and found to contain mercury, probably resulting from his alchemical pursuits. Mercury poisoning could explain Newton's eccentricity in late life.


The epitaph on his monument reads “Here is buried Isaac Newton, Knight, who by a strength of mind almost divine, and mathematical principles peculiarly his own, explored the course and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, the tides of the sea, the dissimilarities in rays of light, and, what no other scholar has previously imagined, the properties of the colours thus produced. Diligent, sagacious and faithful, in his expositions of nature, antiquity and the holy Scriptures, he vindicated by his philosophy the majesty of God mighty and good, and expressed the simplicity of the Gospel in his manners. Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race! He was born on 25th December 1642, and died on 20th March 1726.” (Source: Wikipedia.com)


As a child I knew him simply as the man that discovered gravity because of an apple falling on his head. But is that what really happened?


Legend has it that a young Isaac Newton was sitting under an apple tree when he was bonked on the head by a falling piece of fruit, a 17th-century “aha moment” that prompted him to suddenly come up with his law of gravity. In reality, things didn’t go down quite like that. Newton, the son of a farmer, was born in 1642 near Grantham, England, and entered Cambridge University in 1661. Four years later, following an outbreak of the bubonic plague, the school temporarily closed, forcing Newton to move back to his childhood home, Woolsthorpe Manor. It was during this period at Woolsthorpe that he was in the orchard there and witnessed an apple drop from a tree. There’s no evidence to suggest the fruit actually landed on his head, but Newton’s observation caused him to ponder why apples always fall straight to the ground (rather than sideways or upward) and helped inspire him to eventually develop his law of universal gravitation. (Source: history.com)


But of all his quotes, and there are several, my favorite is this: "In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence.”


Do you know how many bones you have in your body? The answer is 206. These bones range in size from the tiniest found in the middle ear, to the largest that forms our thigh. The human body has an amazing array of different bones.


Psalm 139:14 says we are fearfully and wonderful made.


An all-powerful, everlasting Creator God designed us and then formed us.


Job 10:8-11 tells us “Your hands fashioned and made me…You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.”


A Heavenly Master governs all the world as Sovereign of the universe. We are astonished at Him by reason of His perfection, we honor Him and fall down before Him because of His unlimited power. From blind physical necessity, which is always and everywhere the same, no variety adhering to time and place could evolve, all variety of created objects which represent order and life in the universe could happen only by the willful reasoning of its original Creator, whom I call the Lord God. – Sir Isaac Newton.


Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” ESV


“Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.” - Sir Newton


Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” ESV


Jeremiah 51:15 “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.” ESV


From the tiniest bone in our ears to the vastness that is our solar system and beyond, the Lord God made it all.


He made you! In the words of Cheri Peters, “God is crazy about you.” Don’t ever forget that.

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