When I was at school in the early 1950s, my physics teacher explained to me a few things about gravity. He mentioned Isaac Newton and the proverbial apple that was supposed to have fallen off a tree and hit him on the head. It is said this is what got him thinking about gravity – a force that causes objects to be drawn towards the centre of the earth. The pull of gravity is in proportion to the mass; for example, gravity on the moon is about one sixth of that on the earth. My teacher told me that if objects are drawn to the earth by gravity they travel at approximately 32 feet per second per second.
I’m no mathematician, nor am I a physicist, so I don’t really understand much about it, but I know it keeps me to the earth and it prevents me from hurtling off into space. If I stumble, gravity may cause me to fall to the ground, just as it did to my wife a few days ago. She was taken to A and E where it was confirmed she had a broken elbow. Such happenings cause me to wonder why God allows them to take place, but I know He has all things under His control, because He is a *sovereign God.
As far as I am concerned, gravity is a force that He has built into His wonderful universe. Without it His universe would not function as He decreed from before time. Since He has determined how it will be sustained I don’t have to worry about how it works. I simply put my trust in Him.
I used to have negative thoughts about gravity, because I disliked having to pick up things that I accidentally dropped. If things like eggs and sugar are dropped they make horrible messes that have to be attended to. If it happens to be a glass object, care has to be taken to ensure the minutest splinters are put where they can do no harm.
I no longer have negative thoughts about gravity. Instead, I thank God for having created it (Colossians 1:16). Why? Because I am reminded of Him every time I drop something. Quite often I am so occupied with the things I’m doing I forget He is there with me (Matthew 28:20). It is as if He ‘clicks His fingers’ to wake me up and to remind me who I am.
I am His servant, and I should always be attentive to Him. When I forget Him I am failing in my service. He needs nothing, but He expects me to be His wide-awake ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20). He has appointed me to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:16), and I’m conscious that I can only do this by His enabling. He is the Light (John 8:12) who gives light to men (John 1:4), and in Him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5).
* The Omniscience, Omnipotence and Omnipresence of God