I had the opportunity to go to the Museum of Science in Boston and see a special exhibit called “The Science behind Pixar©”. The immersive experience enabled my family and me to go through the entire process of making a full-length animated feature film. We were able to interact with exhibits that demonstrated the processes of story and design, animation, simulation, setting, lighting and rendering. We were told and shown that behind these great plots and characters were equally impressive mathematical and scientific discoveries. It was evident that it took a team of people with high intelligence to make what we see in the theaters.
Throughout the exhibit, we were reminded that every movie welcomed its own programming challenges. Toy Story was the first computer generated imagery feature film, A Bug’s Life needed to create natural looking grass, Monsters, Inc. required the programming of realistic fur, Finding Nemo needed to appear that it was filmed underwater, Cars mastered the principle of reflective surfaces, Brave conquered the depiction of a Scottish lass’s flowing locks and Inside Out demonstrated that computer images could glow. Most of these breakthroughs were made through computer geniuses developing programs that simulate the movement of hair or crowds or fabric. As I fiddled with the exhibits, I was overwhelmed by what the human mind was capable of creating over the span of a few years.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:3-4
For all the effort and expertise in computer programming and design that enables human beings to replicate the intricacies of the real world, I am aware that they pale in comparison to the awe-inspiring work of our Creator. The mind that comprehended the heavens (including the earth’s rotational axis and distance from its closest star), the moon (including its distance from earth assuring proper tidal cycles) and the stars (about which we are still learning new things) has higher and greater thoughts than any one of us could think. Many will marvel at the works of Pixar© and their mastery in depicting light, water, flora and fauna; perhaps a few will pause to marvel at the maker of heaven and earth.
As we contemplate the elaborate design of human existence, we ought to contemplate that, unlike the average three-year cycle of a full-length animated feature film, God spoke and immediately His creation leapt into existence. He immediately understood and executed the circulatory system of the giraffe and the respiratory system of the blue whale. He instantaneously designed and produced the human ear, with its three bones smaller than a dime, and the bumblebee, which can fly despite its impossible aerodynamics. Everything we encounter with our senses, as complex as a gardenia or a margarita pizza, ought to remind us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
While we may think it incredible that someone, in a film studio somewhere, has devised a program that can produce Sully’s million hairs, it is even more incredible that God has numbered every single hair on your head. Our God is great and greatly to be praised!
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed, then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art! – Stuart K. Hine