Of course, there are incidents that happen every day that obviously have good outcomes because of the providence of God. Being a person of faith, I honestly believe this to be true. I hate to admit it, but I generally take these occurrences for granted, knowing that God is in control of all that I see and don’t. A while back was watching the CBS Morning News and I saw a story that grabbed my attention. A motorist was clipped by a truck on the Interstate in my home town. This caused a crash and two-year old toddler was thrown some thirty feet from the vehicle. First responders had some difficulty finding the child. They finally found her sitting in a drain in the middle of the median. She was unharmed and not even crying.
I’ve heard many with more theological acumen than I say it’s not possible to either prove the existence or the non-existence of God. I leave that cerebrally challenging question up to those far more intelligence than I to ponder. However, I do believe, with faith as my anchor, that there are things occurring in this universe daily that are inexplicable. I heard the famous astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson say once that one of the clues history offers us, proving that there’s no God is that there have been many things unexplained, but science explains them eventually. For example, he sites that at one point man thought the sun revolved around the earth, later science eradicated that erroneous thinking. I think Mr. Tyson honestly believes, that given enough time, all things attributable to God’s providence will be explained as natural occurrences via science.
I’m a reasonable person, and I do give credit where credit is due. Science has made enormous strides to explain how things work; however, one thing it can’t do is look into the eyes of God and say, “Hello, I’m here to disprove you.” God is in control, even of science. He determines what is hidden and what is revealed. My wife and I were sharing a moment together watching the movie, Mr. Church, staring Eddie Murphy. The movie begins with a backdrop of the early 1970’s. One of the main characters has been diagnosed with cancer. I watched as the cancer slowly ate the life out of this individual. Being a cancer patient myself, I couldn’t help but think how the death of this character probably wouldn’t have happened if she had been diagnosed with cancer today. Science has presented innumerable cancer patients with the gift of life since the 1970’s. Cancer, in many cases, isn’t the death sentence it definitively was in years past. Individuals of faith, such as I, are grateful for the advancements science has made in cancer research and treatment; however, we don’t offer attributes to science without realizing God was behind all that good.
There are just too many unanswerable occurrences in all our lives to patently dismiss the existence of God. Yeah, I know that’s a statement of faith, with little empirical evidence to support it, but that’s okay because I believe in God.
I’m old and blessed…hope you will be too.