While studying atoms with my children, I can’t help being awed by the incredible mystery of them. I remember as a child accepting without question that atoms are made up of a ball of protons and neutrons called a nucleus which is surrounded by orbiting electrons. What no one ever talked about in my science classes was WHY. Why do protons, which all have a positive charge, cluster together in the nucleus of the atom? We all know that two positive charges repel each other and we have fun proving it with magnets. So what makes the protons stick? Why don’t they fly apart? And why would the electrons orbit at a slight distance around the nucleus? What keeps them from [schlooooop] being sucked right in to that nucleus? Because electrons, after all, have a negative charge, and we know without a doubt that negatives are attracted to positives. And for that matter, what keeps the electrons moving in the first place? We’re all pretty familiar with the concept that friction usually causes things to run out of momentum and eventually slow down and stop. Why do electrons continually orbit their nucleus like a tiny planet in a tiny solar system?
And speaking of solar systems, what makes a planet stay in motion? Why do we keep making this yearly trip around the sun, and what makes our earth rotate each day? And last but certainly not least, why in the world don’t we just fly off when it spins? If I put something on my little globe and spin it, the object flies off in an instant. What keeps our feet on the ground? Gravity? But what makes gravity? Why does a planet have gravity? What makes it work? Perhaps…just perhaps? … it’s the same thing that makes the protons stick together?
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Col 1:17
It’s an awesome thing to think that as long as scientists have studied these things, they still have absolutely no idea what makes it all happen. It’s sort of like the creation/evolution debate. Even those who firmly believe in macroevolution cannot explain where those gases came from in the first place, or what was the genesis of that original primordial “soup.” And what is it that makes life, anyway? What fired that first spark? No human being has ever yet created life, though many have tried besides Dr. Frankenstein. They have propagated it, hybridized it, even copied it by cloning, but the mechanism that actually creates life from non-life has remained elusive.
For in him we live, and move, and have our being… Acts 17:28
Meditating on things like this is such a good way to begin the day. To realize my own smallness, my huge lack of understanding, my complete and utter dependence upon my heavenly Father. For without Him, not only could we not have life, but we simply could not BE. Nothing could exist. The atoms which comprise us and everything around us could never be kept in that perfect balance without Him, the glue that holds all things together.