So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1 (ESV)
Merriam-Webster defines the verb to coordinate as “to bring the different elements of a complex activity or organization into a relationship that will ensure efficiency or harmony.” We, as humans seek that harmony, don’t we? But it too often eludes us.
One of the greatest pitfalls of our system of healthcare right now is our inability to successfully coordinate care. Despite multi-million-dollar computer systems, our attempts at coordinating the care for a single patient, particularly someone with multiple chronic diseases, usually fall short. We have problems coordinating medicines, scheduling appointments, referrals, admissions, discharges, even providing best advice.
IBM’s Watson is a “workload-optimized, integrating massively parallel POWER7 processor which can generate hypotheses, gather massive evidence, and analyze data. In total, the system has 2,880 POWER7 processor threads and 16 terabytes of RAM. Watson can process 500 gigabytes, the equivalent of a million books, per second.” A recent web report stated that in 2011, Watson could fit in a large bedroom. In 2014, the supercomputer was shrunk to the size of “three stacked pizza boxes.” According to a press release, it’s capabilities have been extended and the way in which Watson works has been changed to take advantage of new deployment models and evolved machine learning capabilities and optimized hardware. According to a spokesperson it can now ‘see’, ‘hear’, ‘read’, ‘talk’, ‘taste’, ‘interpret’, ‘learn’ and ‘recommend’.
In comparison, the human brain is roughly the size of two clenched fists and weighs about 3 pounds. Brain tissue is made up of about 100 billion nerve cells and one trillion supporting cells which stabilize the tissue. Now, let’s talk about coordination. In a newborn human this incredible system can coordinate hearing, learning, sensing, seeing, tasting, interpreting. Oh, and at the same time it coordinates the ability to take in foods, process the food, created appropriate enzymes to digest the food, process these nutrients to their microscopic components, and allow for these components to be absorbed into specific cells. And then to move the remaining materials to the kidneys and bowels to be eliminated. Not to mention simultaneously coordinating movement of a complex musculoskeletal system that matures rapidly with time to allow for mobilization and balance; and controls the incredible ability to think and interact. Again, this is only a snapshot of its activity.
We don’t serve a designer. We serve The Creator God. A God that can, by His will alone create the vastness of the universe, the specter of a star, the mass of a mountain range, the depths of an ocean, the beauty of a flower. And He created the human brain to manage the creature He created in His image. And He coordinates it all so that we, as His human creations can live in this created world to glorify Him. Gravity exists, air contains oxygen, water nourishes our hungry mouths. All because He coordinates each of these things on our earthly home.