It was a typical Tuesday afternoon at the office when these not to typical thoughts were flying through my mind.
“I wonder how many times people let their greatest masterpieces stay hidden from the world. I wonder why humanity doesn’t always push forward their best work or lets it dissolve in the dark before it can be fully appreciated. And I wonder if we will discover people’s passive wonders in a thousand years to come.”
Perhaps I should explain these rambling mid-work thoughts.
I was logging onto my email account when I noticed a web article that caught my attention. Normally I am very resistant to online articles and ads, because they are often the spawn of Satan trying to spam their way into my world. But for some reason my usual precautionary web roaming defenses were down while I scrolled over the article that read “2,000-year-old computer discovered”.
“What?” I thought to myself. “That can’t be right. We’ve only had computers for a few decades, not a few dozen centuries.”
The article continued to explain that a few decades ago, a Greek archaeologist found a gear of a wheel embedded in a rock as he was examining an old shipwreck. Upon recent re-examination, researchers discovered the mechanism in the rock to be a very complex and very ancient analog computer. Not only was I shocked that something like that existed thousands of years ago, but I was even more shocked to learn that a mechanism that complex wasn’t known to be used until the 14th century, over a thousand years after it’s existence.
For over a thousand years that piece of equipment was submerged under water, in the dark, eroding away. “Did the architect know that over two thousand years later that I would be reading about this little invention on a Samsung computer with another micro computer (aka cell phone) in my pocket? Did he or she know how far their work could have gone had it not been sunk under the sea? Could their invention have sped up humanity’s technological progress by a thousand years?”
This story is down-right remarkable. Humanity eventually got there. We use computers in a variety of ways in our everyday life; but could we have gotten their faster? Did that individual’s work see it’s fullest potential? No. Because it only saw the sea.
Now I wonder, what works are submerged in my being that I haven’t let see the light of day? Perhaps they once seemed insignificant. Perhaps I am too afraid of what others will think. Perhaps they once seemed too costly or time-consuming to complete.
Well, perhaps it is time to rediscover the brilliance inside of me. And perhaps it is time to rediscover the brilliance inside of you. Don’t let your best work sit around collecting dust. Don't let it decay in the dark. Take a risk today and let the world see your submerged brilliance.
Jen is a pastor, worship leader, writer, and songwriter living in Napa, California.