We were having dinner at the Sky High Restaurant at the top of Mt. Dandenong in Melbourne, Victoria.
The night was crystal clear and the city of Melbourne was spread out below. The lines of streets and suburbs defined by their street lights. Red tail lights weaving their way along orange lit main roads. The view was beautiful. Stunning.
In an attempt to try and capture the moment, I pulled out my camera. Flash!
Why a flash I have no idea… it was absorbed into the night. The photo captured a few lights and the general shape of what I could see. But there was no sharp detail. It was lost. The clarity and detail before me was for my eyes, and my eyes alone.
As I gazed upon the beauty laid out before me, I realised what a wonder the eye actually was.
The eye is a complex piece of engineering. I find it difficult to believe it just evolved into the marvel it is. How could all the required parts just come together to allow complex beings, like you and me, to experience the world around us.
With all our sophistication and technology we can’t re-create the eye. Yes, we try to replicate it… that’s how we got things like camera lenses. And yes, we have smart ophthalmologists who have developed some replacement parts to help people with damaged eyes.
But the eye, with self cleaning lens, eye lid protectors, auto-focus control, wide view, narrow view, micro and macro zoom, day-night operation, connected to a brain and stored into memory, all comes together so I can enjoy and recall the wonders laid out before me.
Evolved or created – we could possibly argue ’till the lights go out… but the eye has to be definitely designed! Even Charles Darwin recognized that the eye was imminently complex and admitted that attempting to explain its origin through natural selection seemed absurd:
“To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.” – Charles Darwin
For me, I thank a wonderful Creator who, in His infinite wisdom, granted me the privilege of sight.
Ears that hear and eyes that see—the LORD has made them both.