Wednesday, August, 23, 2017 | 12:25 PM | by Matthew Vandegriff
While we were all watching this week’s solar eclipse, I was amazed by how precisely the experts were able to predict the eclipse’s timeline down to the minute. Standing on a planet simultaneously rotating on its axis at 1,040 miles per hour and revolving around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour while being orbited by a moon traveling 2,288 miles per hour, humans are able to calculate with absolute confidence and long-range precision the singular moment the eclipse will be visible from any given point on the planet. I can’t imagine the intelligence and knowledge of those who perform these calculations.
But, as smart as they must be, they can do no better than to merely detect the established patterns installed within the master design of the Creator. They can, at best, detect it. He, on the other hand, thought it up and then told it to happen just the way he decided. Oh, and let's not forget the part where it, in fact, did just what he said.
Sometimes I need a reminder that God is watching and guiding my life with precision. When things seem uncertain, out of control, or just going nowhere from my perspective, it is way too easy to think that God's hand has slipped off the wheel or that other forces of life are determining and setting my direction. Just when that thought rules, God is gracious to remind his children of his loving and constant precision – precision in creation, and precision in his purpose and the hand that guides you to get there.
Psalm 139 is my favorite reminder of this truth:
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
When you wake up and things are dark, remember two things: God is with you, and it is with unfaltering precision that he watches and guides your life. From where you stand, you may not be able to predict the path of his purpose, but God is there – perfectly.