Time….. It is the subject of science fiction movies and multitudes of books. It is evidenced by the decay of everything around us. It shows up when we gaze into the mirror and see wrinkles and gray hair looking back. It becomes painfully real when we go through old photo albums and see people who have gone on to their eternal rest. It never stops, has no favorites it passes by, or special people it refuses to impact. The endless march of time comes to all of us, and how it touches each can be very different.
I mention the above because the other night I was watching a favorite show of mine called “NOVA” which is on PBS. This particular show was about three girls who were born like every other girl on planet earth. However, they were handicapped and they all exhibited something that is considered to be the rarest of unknown, and unstudied diseases on earth. These three girls do not age. At one point in their early childhood development the aging mechanism within just switched off, and no one kn0ws why.
After a lifetime of study, one genetic researcher decided to use one of the worlds largest super computers to map the entire genetic structure of these girls. After months of pains-taking analysis, the team discovered the disorder was caused by a missing or misplaced piece of DNA. This is the master blueprint for all life as we know it, so when a piece of it goes missing that is not a good thing. The protein that is produced by this missing material is not present in these girls and because of this missing genetic material they simply do not get any older. Strangely enough, no boy has ever been diagnosed with this same disorder. It is strictly a malady that afflicts human females.
One of the girls being covered in the story was 21 years old. Any person looking at her, myself included, would have concluded she was no more than 4 years of age. Her growth and physical development simply stopped at that point and she is forever held in “suspended time” as a post-toddler. Not one inch of height, not one sign of physical development, no hormonal changes and not one bit of mental maturation or development has happened in the past 18 years. She is for all practical purposes a young child, and will forever remain that way until she dies. Most baffling of all is that doctors have no idea how long she may live. She does not show any of the normal breakdown that happens to all living things as they age, so her life span is totally unknown.
Many questions and possibilities were raised in my mind as this show unfolded, and what they finally uncovered in their research was quite incredible. Ageing is the result of the action of specific proteins that are made by specific genetic material. When that piece of DNA is not there, the ageing process just stops. So now comes the million dollar questions I had rattling around in my brain. Could this be the proof that those in the Book of Genesis did live eight or nine hundred years as the Bible states, because the genetic material for aging was not present in God’s early creation? Is this the source of the mythical fountain of youth that Conquistadors searchEd for? Now that we know which genes control the ageing process, are we one step closer to extending human life indefinitely? For those who have enough money and the right technology, do we really want to do this?
It would seem that science fiction has once again become science fact, and it brings to mind a Biblical reality from Genesis 11:6. In this passage the people united under their own strength to defy God and build a tower that would reach up to heaven. That is, man wanted to ascend by his own strength and intellect to become like God. The scripture says; “The Lord said ‘Behold they are one people, and they have the same language. And this is what they begin to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them'”. So, God confused their languages in that place of natural, man made unity. The personal and emotional desire to unify and build something of their own making was actually ended by God Himself! How ironic that God calls people to work together, but it always takes on a dark quality when that urge is motivated by something other than the Holy Spirit.
In the girls above, the missing pieces of DNA brought about something that looks like it has great potential, but it is actually harmful and detrimental to all who are touched by it. It is the same for those who try to bring about unity and change by misguided naturally and emotionally driven means. Pieces of the necessary DNA for a God-ordained unity are missing. Those missing pieces tend to bring about an aberrant cohesion of angry people that lack the focus and peace of something that will serve the purposes of God. This type of thing is going to fall into disorder, and will always do so in God’s appointed time.
Ephesians 4:3 says; “being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”. In other words, when people are working together as directed by the Spirit of God, there is going to be a clear unity and peace present. When unity and peace are not part of a combined effort, the prophetic perspective is that this is a group of misguided, naturally and emotionally oriented people who are building another “Tower of Babble”. Whatever they are united to create is doomed to simply become a painful example of miscommunication, and it will ultimately collapse under the weight of it’s own confusion. All of this….. because of a few missing pieces!
Don’t let the natural or emotional disruptions in life cause you to lose any sleep. The rantings and chantings of unruly mobs or fake news will make you think that the world is in chaos and poised to go up in flames. However, nothing could be further from the truth. There are a lot of missing pieces in all of this, and what you see is not what’s real or lasting. Others may want to convince you they are reaching up to heaven in self-determined change, but it “Ain’t Necessarily So”, as the old song goes. There is a lot more to the story then any of them understand of are willing to admit.
The missing pieces and time itself are on our side. When we refuse to react, and we simply respond with the relaxed confidence that comes from living with a Biblical world view, the answers will eventually come. From that place of God-ordained unity and peace, the Spirit will fill in the missing pieces and bring every answer that has lasting value.
I don’t know about you, but I am excited to see what will happen in the next few years. Expect the unexpected. Most of all know that prayer is what brought about the national change we so desperately needed, and it will only be prayer that can finish what God has now begun. Lift up your eyes and rejoice because God is about to do great things! The natural mind does not comprehend it, but those see beyond the natural will see it and rejoice!