Luck or Divine Providence January/February 2019

Most people believe there is such a thing as luck or chance. The Bible teaches us otherwise – there can be no such thing if God is sovereign. The theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul used to say if there were a “maverick molecule” running around the universe then God wouldn’t be God. Sometimes the things we pray for come to pass; sometimes they don’t. But we are still supposed to pray because we aren’t told what God has in mind. Take Job, for example. The Bible tells us that Job was a godly man who nevertheless loses everything. Job asked God why. Job 38: 1-2 (ESV) tells what happens next: Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?’” 

God goes on to ask Job if he “commanded the morning since your days began” and if he had commanded the eagle to make his nest on high. In other words, God is telling Job it is none of his business why God does the things he does.  

The night of December 15th, a Saturday was one when God did answer my prayer and luck had nothing to do with the circumstances. We do the park and ride at UNC basketball games in Chapel Hill. On that nightCarolina was playing highly ranked Gonzaga. We met my son and grandson at Southern Village for dinnerthen took the bus to the Smith Center. When I parked my car, I did as I have been doing for years and put my keys in my back pants pocket. 

Several hours later, we came out of the game to go to our bus back to Southern Village. It was at the end of line of about 50 buses and with major construction going on outside the Carolina museum and ticket center. It was a big challenge getting to our bus because there was a small alleyway for all the hundreds of bus riders to get to their respective buses. We finally waded through the throng of people and as soon as I got on our bus, I realized I did not have my car keys. It was time for panic. I didn’t know where I lost them because I had not checked my pocket since I parked several hours before. I could have lost them on the bus over to the Smith center or in the Smith Center. So before I got off the bus, I said a prayer for God to help us because this could be a major bad night. Sandee and I turned around and trudged back against a horde of oncoming people, like salmon swimming upstream. It took about 15 minutes to go 100 yards. Finally, we got back to the Smith Center and our usher was still there holding my keys. I praised the Lord immediately. People will say I was just lucky and I will tell them that God blessed me that night and there is no such thing as luck. 

What that little trip uphill taught me is I am out of shape and have some challenges to address in 2019. Happy New Year!!