Not As Smart As I Think I Am

This morning I went to a doctor’s appointment (actually two appointments back to back in the same office). It was a bit overwhelming trying to digest everything the doctor and nurse threw at me. At one point near the end of the appointment, the doctor said “You aren’t using the computer (referring to the computer in a medical device I use daily) and you really just have a $ 5,000 syringe.” Hmmm.

He left me thinking that I probably think I am smarter than I really am. Instead of using the device in question to make decisions, I’ve been relying on what I think, what I know, to make decisions. While the computer in question is doubtless not as smart as I am, it also is designed to do things I am not using it to do.

I wonder if many of us aren’t in the boat in which I find myself traveling. We think we know more than we do. We are sure we are more “right” than we are. We are certain at least that we know more than the other person, the institution. We can choose best even when tradition or the evidence or wiser heads tell us differently.

It’s a very human thing, In Genesis we hear the serpent tell Eve ““You won’t die!  God knows that on the day you eat from it, you will see clearly and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5 CEB). The woman is promised she will know more than God, or as much at least. And she goes for it.

Today I am thinking I need to think less of my own ability and intelligence and experience and lean more on that which surrounds me — the knowledge of people who know more than I, the wisdom of the centuries that captures depths I can only barely plumb, the wisdom and love of God which may not always make sense to me but does always exceed my own.


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