𝘈𝘴 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘥𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘮. 𝘕𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘩𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴; 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴, 𝘯𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳. 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘶𝘱 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘩𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘥, “𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦?” 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘵, 𝘗𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥, “𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘥𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶.” 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥, “𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦; 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘐 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘨𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘮𝘦.” 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘢𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘯, 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨; 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘮, 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘮, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘥. 𝘏𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘳, “𝘋𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭; 𝘨𝘰 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦.” - Luke 8:42b-48
Now you might be saying to me, “Pastor Tim, I thought you were talking about intellectual healing this week. This passage is about physical healing!” You are right. We are continuing to talk about intellectual healing, but this passage brought on a new way of thinking for me; you could say an intellectual healing. It was through this passage that an event happened leading me to rethink the way I see the world and God’s action in it.
Years ago, I was in a conversation with a friend who works in quantum physics. Now a little bit of confession is needed here. I was never a shining star in the study of science. As a matter of fact, the only way I could pass 10th grade Biology was that I sat behind young lady named Bette Bushore who was at the top of our class and who also wrote with large letters. Unbeknownst to her, I could see her answers and therefore I passed all our tests. Well anyway, this friend of mine, the quantum physicist, told me that this was his favorite passage. I asked him why. He proceeded to tell me about electrons and how they just bounce all over the place (my words). So, that when I get close enough to you, our electrons intermingle.
He continues, “The woman reaches out, not touching Jesus, but just touches the tip of his gown. Suddenly Jesus’ holy and powerful electrons surge into her body stopping her bleeding, healing her, making her whole, and bringing her back into her family and community. Holy goodness this is science! This is physics! This is God in Jesus working through our atomic structure! Jesus feels the power turns around and says who touched me. That is a moment of science!”
It was in this encounter that led me to start reading scientific books starting with “The Double Helix.” I continue to search and seek growth in my understanding creation. Now, everything I read I interpret through the mind of a theologian, but in his goodness, God uses science in an amazing way. The fact that we get these glimpses of God working in creation is just a marvelous gift. Growing--you could say healing--our knowledge of the cosmos.