May 31 2007
Two technology things caught my eye today.
First, Microsoft has come out with this incredibly cool new computing technology called Surface. It’s basically a table-top computer. It’s like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie. It is a touch-screen surface, but you can use all of your fingers to slide stuff around, paint, etc. If you want to see a couple videos, check out www.microsoft.com/surface. You can set a wireless camera on the table and it automatically downloads your pictures and then allows you to sort through them on the tabletop using your hands. You can resize or rotate them (with your hands). You can browse through your mp3 player and queue up songs by flipping through album covers. Tapping the album cover flips it over and allows you to select tracks from the album. Watch the videos. It’s pretty kick butt.
Second, Google Maps now has a Street View in certain cities. You can literally have a horizontal view of certain addresses. Some of the things I saw were interesting – PEOPLE, license plates. Fairly invasive. I’m sure people will not be happy about it. I still think it’s cool. If you want to see what I mean, go to Palo Alto, California and zoom down to a really close view. Incredible.
But both of these things made me laugh as I prayed tonight. So Microsoft has a tabletop computer that lets you use your hands to control it. What about the God whose hands cradle the entire universe? Resizing photos is cool, but what about a God who writes history?
And these street level photos on Google Maps? They are one-time, one-place snapshots. What about the God who has the entire view of humanity, every single person, at all times?
I love technology. In my work, you’d better. But these two things, as cool as they may be, are so small compared to our great God. I was reminded tonight that my work in programming should never be my god. It can’t stack up. The applications I write stink compared to what these top-tier programmers do. And if THEIR work is laughable in light of a holy God, then we can know God is God. Work is not.
I applaud their efforts and marvel at their ingenuity. But I’ll do so remembering two things. First, it is the Lord who formed them and it’s the Lord who gives them breath. And second, our greatest efforts are mere sparks compared to the wildfire of works God does every single day. The scope, magnitude, and effect of the work of His hands are massive. We think a nuclear bomb is incredible. Imagine what the Big Bang was like.
I’ve read stories about soldiers who gave their lives for each other. They respected each other and thought the others they fought with “good men” who were worthy of their sacrifice. That’s cool (I mean that in all sincerity). But the amazing thing is that WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS Christ died for us. We sucked. He died.
Microsoft Surface? Google Maps’ Street View? Cool. But not as cool as Jesus giving His life for a bunch of rejects! That’s an altar I can feel good worshiping on.