Well, it’s that time of year again; the time when we all make our New Year’s resolutions. I’m pleased to tell you that I actually accomplished one of my resolutions this past year. Of course, it was a resolution from 2009, but nonetheless, it’s done! What was my resolution, you ask? I had a goal of losing twenty pounds. It seemed reasonable; less than a half pound per week. My thought, you see, is that I’d lose twenty pounds in 2009 and then another 20 in 2010 (and still, I wouldn’t be skinny – but that’s another story.) But, at the end of 2009 I was actually up a few pounds (so much for resolutions) which made me realize that I would actually have to lose MORE than 20 pounds in 2010 just to meet my 2009 goal. Oh boy, it’s complicated.
All this thinking about weight loss must have been affecting my brain as I read this verse from Isaiah 40:12 “Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed out the mountains and the hills?”
My first thought when I saw this verse was “how cool is that? God knows what the earth weighs!” But then my thinking kind of went off on a little tangent. Please follow along with me as I take you down the rabbit trail in my brain. If God knows what the earth weighs, does that include what it weighs with all the people on it? So, whenever a child is born does it add another few pounds to the weight of the earth? Oh wait, those pounds are added gradually as the baby develops in the womb. But then, when I lose 25 pounds, where does that weight go? Is it still floating around somewhere so that it’s still included in the weight of the earth or does it actually disappear making the whole world easier for God to lift?
Phew! All I know for sure is I’m glad I’m not God (and I’m sure you’re pretty happy about that right now, too) and have to keep up with the constant flux of the earth’s weight; or the hairs on our heads. There’s another whole rabbit trail waiting to be followed.
That God – He’s pretty amazing, don’t you think?
Nancy loves to laugh and considers laughter a critical part of human survival. If you were to ask, most days she would say her glass is half full but when it starts reaching the half-empty level, she reaches for a funny book or movie knowing that indeed “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Nancy has three married sons and five grandchildren. To read more from Nancy find her at www.nancyholte.com.