The earth is placed at the best possible distance from the sun to maintain the right surface temperature suitable for life and the many important geological processes!
The tilt of the earth is at the best angle possible so it causes the seasons to occur along with associated fluctuations in weather, producing a maximum amount of farmable land and pleasant seasons. The current rotation of the earth helps to uniform the heat of its surface and causes winds and ocean currents.
The earth’s atmosphere has both the correct composition and density.
The presence of such a vast Ocean on our planet is I think evidence of God’s divine planning and foresight. No other planet is known to have a permanent supply of liquid water. The chemical and physical properties of liquid water are necessary for life to survive. The world ocean regulates the earth’s temperature and serves as a reservoir for may important chemicals.
How, except by divine planning and design, could all of this have come into being, everything seems to be in the right place, could this really have come about by accident?
I marvel at the earth, God’s intelligence and Handiwork are a marvel, the psalmist marvelled at God’s work like this:
“In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the strength of the hills is His also. The sea is His, and He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Oh, come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our maker” Psalm 95:4-6
In life, there seems to be more and more a lack of what I call ‘joined up thinking’ what I mean by this is we’ve built metaphorical silos keeping information in one place and not sharing it with others for the greater good.
During the last week (to pick just one story which seems to reoccur daily) we had a bad snow storm the BBC sent out local and national radio and TV staff to cover the same story, wouldn’t it not be a better use of resources to send out one team to cover the story for all their networks, it would be better for the environment, safety of staff.
The local staff would have a better understanding of the local area and issues which could arise from the story thus giving a better holistic understanding of the story to the viewers.
It would of course also reduce spending which is surely a good thing with all the cuts being introduced at the moment.
I’d welcome your comments?
Redundancy is a word none of us wants to hear, yet for many of us, it’s a reality we are going to have to face.
When my boss meets with me to discuss the redundancy and the future of the organisation in another building, another phase of its operation, it hurts a great deal.
Knowing I’m not going to be involved in shaping its future, I’m no longer needed, it feels as if with each meeting a plaster is ripped off, I’m stabbed and the plaster is put back on.
I am told that the prison population contains a worrying number of young talented football players who have been nurtured by a premier league club but, because of injury or the stiff competition, have been “let go”. The impact of losing a future that has been one’s intense desire for as long as you can remember is devastating. The football life and the military life alike generate the most unbelievably intense passion. These are not just jobs; they amount to an identity, an investment of our being, our state of mind.
Passion for one’s occupation is not wrong. To be fulfilled in work is one of God’s blessings. To find your vocation in life is to discover and be able to use and develop the gifts that God has given you by his divine grace.
Where I work there is a tangible sense of bereavement, the spark has vanished and heartbeat is faint, There have been tears, even wails of anguish. The loss of one’s job is bad enough, there is also the loss of one’s identity some of the questions we’ve all wrestled with are:
Who am I?
Am I any good at anything?
Will I find a job?
How will I cope?
It’s not just the loss of Job, it’s the loss of community, as a group of people who work together we’ve built a community, we’ve broken bread together in the form of sharing cakes and thoughts together, we’ve shared the high’s a low of being human with each other, yet one word has dismantled that community forever.
I can only speak through my own personal circumstances, but from what I hear from others in the same place some of what I’ve said is true for them as well.
In times of austerity unknown for at least a generation, we can perhaps be even more grateful for Jesus’ reminder that where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. Having our treasure invested in a job is never enough for a meaningful life.
Investing in the treasure of a relationship with God is the only identity that finally counts.
I end with a prayer that sums up everything I’ve said:
Loving Father, we live in a society that often values people according to the work they do and the salaries they earn. People without work can feel lost and discarded. Teach us, good Lord, to value them as you do. Help us who know them to assuage their bitterness and anger. May they find peace in the knowledge of your love, and the confidence to offer themselves for retraining and employment. Grant them that security in your love which will enable them to bounce back from their sense of rejection, and know that delight in your providence through which they may move forward and prosper in new-found work or in their new way of life.