Information in a Human Format

September 21st, 2012

Scenes of those camped out waiting for the “coming-of-something” showered our living rooms. My clock radio alarm was doing a time count-down at 6 a.m. this morning. It was on the TV during my breakfast. It was being heralded on the radio as I drove in to work. With all the hype, I expected to see rockets bursting in air, fire hoses saluting those on the road, a flyover from Fort Campbell, or the big TDOT Interstate signage signaling the day had come.

What? The new Apple iPhone! It’s Apple’s day in the sun. From a store in Australia, one was exiting the building with his purchase raised in the air as one would hoist a trophy declaring he now had the whole world in his hands. Wow!

I have no doubt the new iPhone is a marvel. For those who will learn to navigate the endless possibilities, much of the world’s information will be at their fingertips. But for me (I imagine this partly is an age thing), I am daily being bombarded with more information than I can absorb. I often feel like a child going into a Toys R Us store for the first time. The vastness of the information possibility is overwhelming.

T. S. Eliot, the 1948 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, had no idea the power of his words when he said:

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

Information is valuable. It has worth. Information at our fingertips is even better. (I had the quotation from T. S. Eliot tucked away in my trusty save-for-someday file, and with one or two Google clicks I discovered he was the 1948 winner of a prestigious prize. It’s amazing!)

In the Bible we have much information -- the story of God’s work in the world. The story is beautifully orchestrated through the voices of God’s own people. Then Jesus comes, the incarnation of God – not with a new packet of information, but in human form, like us. He comes enabling us to see God and to see God’s expectation and hope for us.

Tread backward with Mr. Eliot’s words -- information to knowledge to wisdom. In Jesus I can have something more than I can have in any other way. In Him, my cup is overflowing – not overloaded but overflowing -- and it is fine, just fine!

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