I was reviewing a skin biopsy on my microscope taken from a patient in North Dakota. Simultaneously, on my smartphone, I was receiving a text message from my former resident who is now a dermatologic surgeon in Pennsylvania and was operating on a patient when he encountered an unusual finding on the microscope slide. He took a photograph of the slide and wanted my opinion. While all this was going on, my computer screen displayed an image of a digitally scanned microscope slide sent to me from my missionary pathology colleague in Cameroon, Africa. It is an amazing time to practice medicine. The ease in which cases and patient information are shared through the internet has improved access to care and decreased the time that diagnoses can be rendered.
Can it get any better?
I reflected upon this and envisioned holographic images of the consulting physicians and patients appearing before me for a live consultation. Will I be able to teleport to the actual site, like a “Star Trek” episode? Would I someday look back on this current time and lament how “quaint” and “primitive” our technology was?
We are able to communicate more quickly and efficiently. The breathtaking breadth and speed in which these technological advances have been integrated into our lives are startling. Have all these technological advances made our world a better place? On cursory review, the answer may seem an undeniable yes. However, it seems as soon as we solve older vexing problems, new ones emerge. Advances in antibiotics have cured many diseases but have spawned superbugs, resistant to nearly every known treatment. New cancer drugs have led to astounding cures with previously untreatable cancers, but have devastating side effects leading to new malignancies, resistant to conventional therapies.
Acknowledging the tremendous advances that technology has improved our lives, should the question be rephrased, “Can it get any worse?”
Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.
Psalms 119:96 (NLT)
Technology will continue to advance, improving our standard of living but inevitably new problems will emerge. We seek perfection in our lives but God has already given us a view of the future and it has its limitations. Thanks be to God that Jesus Christ shows us the way to a better and more fulfilling life.
Can it get any better?
It will if we confess and repent of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This is perfection with no limit.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.