Eccl. 11:5. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God Who maketh all.
Solomon picks two things to use as examples of the ignorance of mankind: The wind, (the word spirit is also translated as wind in many versions), and the development of a child in utero.
“Oh,” you may say, “We DO understand the wind. It’s the result of cold and hot air colliding.” Yes, that’s true. But it’s not predictable (consider how many times you’ve complained that the weather forecast was completely wrong). It can turn on a dime, and all we can do is make an effort to be ready for whatever may happen.
Or, you may be thinking that with our incredible knowledge of conception and childbirth, we know all about that, too. It’s true that we know more than our ancestors did. We know, for instance, that it is the father’s contribution that determines the gender of the baby. That was a hard one for men to accept, after centuries of blaming it all on the woman 🙂
What we don’t know is the miraculous way the soul and spirit of the child develops, along with the intricacies of the human body. I’ve maintained for a long time that babies have their inherent temperament long before they are born. Any observant parent knows within just a few days if her precious newborn is hot-tempered, fussy, easy-going, strong-willed.
We may even wonder where on earth a child got a certain personality trait, because it doesn’t seem to come from either parent 🙂 If you could go back, probably not very far, into the generations, though, you’d soon find a match.
We will never plumb the depths of God’s incredible creative power, of His imaginative mind, of His ability to create such beauty for us to enjoy. We can be thankful, though, and we should be.