I haven’t studied the properties of dust as a scientist might study them, but from observing my relationship with dust all these years I couldn’t help but notice the following:
Each particle was independent, seemingly repelled by the other particles. Only a rag with a bit of electrical charge, or possibly a wet cloth, seems to attract the little bits.
Dust does not act as dirt does. At least dirt forms a mud ball when water is added. It can be consolidated, shaped, even left to dry into a useful vessel until it falls apart.
Dust is another matter.
It irritates when it gets in our eyes, annoys when it gets in our lungs and frustrates when enough of it jams up our keyboards.
You can’t make it into something that will bring a profit, offer a medical cure or bring peace to the nations.
There is no nutritional value, and to this day, its basic structure doesn’t appear to offer any great solutions to life’s mysteries.
Except maybe one.
It’s the basic material building block of the human being.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. – Genesis 2:7
Why not gold or gemstones?
Was it to keep us humble?
I don’t know why, but I trust the Creator’s reasons.
He was able to make these independent bits stick together so as to form a being different in matter from dust itself. Then he blessed the being by breathing his own breath into it bringing life, something no other creature received.
After he created man, he looked at all creation and called it very good!