I returned home after our recent visit to New York City thinking we had really seen the city. We walked and rode all over the city, or so I thought. When I pulled out the map to retrace our journey, I realized how much more of the city there is to see. So much that we never even considered visiting. We saw a lot, but there is too much more for me to comprehend.
As massive as New York City is, it is just one city. The millions of people in this one city are nothing in comparison to all the people in the world.
The globe upon which we live is just one small speck in the universe. Beyond our universe ... that's too much for me to comprehend.
The human body, made up of cells that are made up of even smaller parts that have smaller parts that have smaller parts.
Some things are just too much for me to comprehend.
Computers are too much for me to comprehend. Not just the newest and fastest ones. The very first one blows me away. How did the person who came up with the idea of a computer come up with the idea? What were they doing? Did they plan to invent a computer? Did they know they were about to invent a computer?
Humanity is too much for me to comprehend. We are all so different. No two of us are alike. We are all so very different in how we think, how we look, how we act, how we feel, how we dress, and how we deal with stress or tragedy.
Communication technology is beyond my comprehension. With all the devices that we have at our disposal — letter writing, telephones, cell phones, email, fax, camera phones, cameras on our computers - we still have difficulty communicating. We still have difficulty communicating with the people we love the most.
Isaiah proclaimed it: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV)
Job said it: "[You asked,] 'Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?' Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know" (Job 42:3, NIV)
Some things are just too much for me to comprehend . . . and that's okay.