The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
His understanding is unsearchable. 
– Isaiah 40:28

As part of my physics major, I had to take a sequence of classes last year on quantum mechanics. The goal of the class was to understand how matter and energy behave on a very small (or “quantum”) scale. From Marvel movies and popular media, I knew that quantum was “weird,” but I wasn’t fully convinced of its core paradoxes. For example, particles can exist in more than one state simultaneously until measured, a phenomenon called wavefunction collapse. As we went through the math behind these so-called paradoxes, my professors were apologetic about their inability to explain everything. They could show the models worked, but often they were at a loss to explain why.

This course was a striking reminder of the limits of human knowledge, even among the most brilliant scientific minds of the last century. Though some answers will come with more time and research, there will always be places where creation is greater than our understanding – from incalculable physical models to the ineffable beauty of a psalm – which constantly point me back to the depth of the Creator’s mind. I often sat in my physics lecture hall praising God for revealing Himself in this way: where the human mind grows weary of understanding, He is still ordering all things to His perfect design!

Lord, thank You for speaking to us through our studies and revealing Yourself to us day by day. We praise You for the wonders of Your creation and the infinite riches of Your love for us. Amen.

Passage for Further Reading:

Psalm 139

About the Author:

Madeleine Roberts is a junior at the University of Chicago. She’s co-president of University Ministry of Christ Church Chicago, managing editor of Cana, and the one putting these website posts up. 🙂


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