Call the Expert

Who do you consult with when stymied with a problem?

Oscilloscope with noiseWhen I had been a systems engineer our sonar system had a problem with noise. The test engineer had quickly isolated the cause to one particular cabinet of the 40 refrigerator size cabinets in the system. That cabinet’s designer was perplexed, the noise seemed to come and go for no reason at all. On days when it appeared, he would hook up sensitive test equipment but within minutes the noise would vanish.

Over lunch I put up my feet and consulted with the expert.

“If it varies with temperature, could we stabilize it out-of-band?” I asked returning from lunch.

A hair dryer quickly isolated our problem and the designer added a resistor to fix it.

“How did you find it?” the designer asked.

I had consulted with the best engineer I knew.

Consider your body, an amazing system of systems. Each person also hosts communities of microbes that aid digestion and help fight infections. Its design and complexity are awe-inspiring. Hence in my prayer time I consulted with the Engineer who made me. By comparison, our complex sonar system would be child’s play.

Which problem will you let God help you solve this day?

For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

— Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)

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