There are many manmade wonders on this planet, but Brad reminds us not to forget who gave us these talents- the Creator of the world itself!
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I find myself often marveling at the work of engineers. Every bridge we cross, every high-rise apartment we pass by, owes much to the profession of engineering. My wife and I recently took a trip to the American west and spent time touring the infamous landmarks…the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Hoover Dam.
Constructed within a 5-year span from 1931 to 1936, the Hoover Dam was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Such a large concrete structure had never been built before, and some of the techniques were unproven. Officials eventually decided on a massive concrete arch-gravity dam, of which was overseen by the Bureau’s chief design engineer John L. Savage. The monolithic dam would be 660 ft. thick at the bottom, narrowing to 45 ft. at the top, leaving room for a highway connecting Nevada and Arizona.
As I stood atop the very dam itself and viewed the massive and complex structure holding back the waters of Lake Meade, I found myself once again, admiring the abilities of these engineers and teams of other professionals. Considering that their work had begun and ended nearly 100 years ago; using tools and equipment that would have been much less sophisticated than that of today, it really is a feat of genius.
We live in a modern world that owes much to the work of science, innovation, and engineering. But for all we are able to conceive or construct; the works we put forward are not even in the same dimension as what God has put before us… when he created this world and everything in it. It goes without saying that our talents, our skill sets, are all from God; yet that saying, unfortunately, seems to be more literal these days. “It goes without saying”…more and more the works of man are esteemed, while the glory of God is refuted.
Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. His brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. Gen. 4:22 tells us that Tubalcain, was an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron.
So here we see that men were already learned in the skills of farming, honing the crafts of music and instrumentation, and working with and instructing in the trades…ores and minerals, brass, iron and the likes. God truly has blessed mankind with the ability to utilize gifts and talents, and to adapt them, to maximize the potential for great achievement.
But as you stand atop the Hoover Dam, awestruck at the sheer size and complexity of the mass scale construction, you can’t help but see that it is overwhelmingly dwarfed in comparison to that which it spans; the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Our thoughts then should turn to God, the creator of all things, and the glory and admiration, and praise and honor are his and rightfully his alone. Man’s talents are from God, man’s tools are from God, man’s raw materials are from God. Man’s works are ultimately from what God has put here on earth, to be fashioned, molded, fused and forged knowing God has been the ultimate designer and engineer.
Acknowledging The Creator
I’m reminded of an amusing fictional encounter between arrogant man, and God. The arrogant man poses a challenge to God, saying, I don’t think it’s that difficult, forming man from earth. I’ll show you that I can, in fact, do the same. God allows man to continue in his folly. So, the man begins to gather up a huge mound of dirt, intending on shaping it and working it. But God says; “hold on arrogant man… you’ll first need to make your own dirt”.
Everything we accomplish as men and women, every device we utilize, every comfort we enjoy around our home, ultimately is a blessing that has poured out from the hand of God our father. Certainly, the innovation of technology, engineers and inventors, and skilled hands, bring about great things. But the very raw materials we use, including the material we call our brain, is undeniably all from God.
Our vacation took us as well, to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. There, in full view, is Gods beautiful creation, virtually unimpeded by man. Truly something to behold. But God has provided beauty in all things. We need but to look out the window at the changing color of the leaves, to see morning frost on the still green grass, or the variety, design, and majesty that is always but a glance above… as the sun, clouds, and blue sky create an endless palette, that should draw us into a mode of praise unto God who has created it all.
Let’s thank him today, that we enjoy so many comforts, and are blessed with so many things that make our lives pleasant. Let us not lose sight, however, of where and how all things were and are made possible.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
Brad offers up practical, scriptural advice from a perspective borne out of everyday life encounters. As we live and move and have our being…it’s the individual life lessons that most often present the greatest challenges, but can yield the richest blessings. We’ve all, as Christians had those faith-affirming moments, where we’ve had an overwhelming sense of God’s spirit, or his very presence “at a particular but, maybe random time”.
Brad was born and still resides in a small community in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, where he and his wife Karen raised their 3 children. Brad & Karen fellowship at the Greenland Bible Chapel, where Brad serves as an elder.
Brad loves meeting and engaging with people. His background in sales has provided opportunities to travel throughout the US and Canada, networking with people from all walks of life. Brad is a singer/songwriter and has recorded 3 Christian albums. Songs from his “Brighter Day” release, have aired on Christian Radio stations across Canada and two of Brad’s albums are on HopeStreamRadio’s playlist.
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