Beautiful chance

Yesterday I was driving home from a Father’s Day celebration at my parents house, and I had about an hour as I drove to watch the fantastic evening sky. The sun was setting and the clouds were painted in a beautiful palette of colors.

It occurred to me that we need to take more time in solitude and view God’s beauty in creation.

And I laughed out loud at the thought that this all just happened by chance.

What are the odds that you and I are living on this amazing planet with no “intelligent design” behind it all?

Well for all of the evolutionists out there, I certainly don’t condemn you for your beliefs. They tell us that there was no intelligent design behind creation outside of “mother nature” (which I find humorous – even Carl Sagan believes that there had to be a greater intelligence somewhere in the universe.)

Why? Because the most intelligent among us are constantly fighting a secret battle with the odds.

Here are the odds that we are looking at, people – if you are going to subscribe to the idea that we somehow evolved from a Big Bang with no superhuman intelligence that had direct involvement, it is much like the following scenario:

Let’s say you are the first human that has been chosen to make a trip from earth to Mars. You land on the rocky red planet- while the whole world watches on with anticipation. You exit the landing module and see before you a sign in English welcoming you to Mars, with your favorite meal prepared inside a special gazebo built just for you that allows you to walk in, take off your suit, gravity button reset to the exact measure of gravity we have on earth, with your favorite music playing in the background and pictures of your closest family and friends… And an exact copy of your favorite chair. And a love letter written to you containing the most personal kind of information that only a best friend would know.

Now who in their right mind would make the conclusion that this was all a series of amazing coincidences with no incredibly intelligent design behind it all?

It’s a beautiful chance to believe that God created everything. But it’s an even greater chance, potentially an infinite chance that all of this just happened in the right sequence, in the right time, by the perfect sized sun, aged just at the right time and placed in the perfect distance, in the perfect solar system with just the right amount of planets with just the right orbit patterns on a planet with just the right moon and spinning at just the right speed with just the right kind of atmosphere with just the right amount of water and gasses – with the perfect ratio of water to land, with just the right mixture of elements, and just the right gravitational pull – so that u and I can say “what great odds! I’m so lucky!”

That’s the kind of odds intelligent people who reject intelligent design are working with. And even though it bugs them, most instead lose themselves and the rest of us in the minutia of evolutionary philosophizing as a way to cover up the obvious – they are asking of us and themselves to believe these fantastic odds.

You see, they have painted themselves in a corner and now they have to save face.

I don’t want us to condemn or insult someone for this. What we need to do is allow them to rethink the ridiculous – and to realize that evolution and creation are both incredible leaps of faith, yet with embracing the leap of creation, at least you know there is someone there to catch you and set you down safely on the other side.

The odds that creation happened by chance are beyond all sensible possibility! Someone did all of this to tell you and I they love us! And they are very capable of helping us out of any problem we face as people.

It’s time we started giving credit where credit is due!

Have a beautiful day enjoying our beautiful world made by a beautiful creative Genius!

Jeff

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Hanging on

I love cats!

“They taste just like chicken.” Ha ha.

You’ve heard that joke too often, no doubt. But seriously, growing up – we had a cat in our household for a time. We loved that fur ball.

My brothers and I, still being barely past puberty, would find the most impossible crevices and death-defying physical scenarios for our cat to try to figure out. Usually triple back flips and last second, spread-eagle reaches were required.

I don’t know, maybe that cat was bored and found our obstacle courses were too easy for him. He always made a perfect landing.

I feel sometimes that my life is similar to my cat in certain ways.

I seem to occasionally come across scenarios that are impossible for me to get out of in my own power. Maybe that’s why Paul said, “I rejoice in my weaknesses.” He went on to explain that God shows his strength in our weakness.

People may blame and accuse you for not being superhuman. Hypocrisy aside, it’s ridiculous to expect perfection in others when God comes to bring His awesome power to the weakest and feeblest of us!

It sounds trite, perhaps. Trials are definitely no fun. And unlike my cat’s experiences, God is always there holding us and even carrying us through the difficult parts of our journey.

So do you really want the way to get God’s power?

Get weaker!

Let yourself be in the impossible positions of life, like my cat, and watch God do something truly supernatural.

Happy landings!

Jeff