Thur., Feb. 24/22
“I hate having to do this,” I texted my buddy, “but I’m going to have to cancel our plans for coffee this morning. Something’s come up!”
“Somethings” do come up, don’t they? You had plans for one thing, got body and mind all set for it, but then. POW! — a “Something” happened! Perhaps it was the weather, or a sick child, or a car battery gone dead. But now you’re a stay-at-home… a nurse… an auto mechanic… Life can be so unpredictable!
We can launch ballistic missiles half-way round the planet to hit a target with minute precision. We can land a man on the moon at exactly the spot intended, or send satellites to orbit distant planets at exactly the time and place desired. We can thrust a neutron at the nucleus of an atom at just the right speed, under just the right conditions and split the nucleus into two! You may be holding in your hand this moment a calculator capable of displaying a mathematical accuracy beyond your comprehension! (Just how much is 3.73823423E+136 anyway?) Precision, predictability, perfection!
But life? Life just isn’t so precise… so predictable – and most certainly not perfect!
But consider this: Do you really want a precise, predictable, perfect world, one that runs with scientific accuracy? Do you want every sunrise at precisely the same hour, every snowflake, carnation, beetle and beagle utterly identical, every day a replay, every potato a perfect sphere, every opinion alike, every hairstyle a clone? Do you really want your life to be predictable? Would you really enjoy a life trajectory as predictable as the path of a ballistic missile? Horrible things can drop into our lives, changing them for ever! True, but also… Wonderful things can drop into our lives, changing them for ever! You don’t know what a day holds because it is unpredictable.
“Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle,” writes Solomon, “for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” (Eccl. 11:6). Unpredictability motivates us. It allows us to be creative, to hope, to strive, to choose.
God knows. And for the believer that outcome is very good. To the prophet He said, “I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11). Unpredictability gives us the possibility of hope, and the choices of faith or doubt.
Well, all that because of a failed coffee klatch!
I guess… you just… never know…!