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Friday, February 26, 2016

It's All God's Stuff


While some of the country is freezing, we're having an early spring in Seattle. Yesterday I head someone  mowing the lawn. Soon the cherry trees on the University of Washington campus will be in bloom. Which reminds me...    

I was once 1 of 35,000 students there. Inside every chest, a small pump expanded and contracted 100,000 times a day without a thought. These fleshy little drivers kept us all going, even during sleep, whether in class or in bed. 

Every professor's brain contained more cells than stars in the known universe. The electrochemical communication that flowed among 100 billion neurons allowed each instructor to do his or her work. Whether atheist, agnostic, or believer, each professor and student was continuously held together by the sustaining power of Christ's word (Heb. 1:1-3). He gave us all breath, 14,000 times a day. (Acts 17:25)

Christ sustained us all, both teacher and student, whether knowingly or not, quarter after quarter (Col. 1:16-17). God owned us, too. All of us. "The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains. The world, and those who dwell therein." Psalm 24:1. All around me, I saw walking miracles, created in the likeness and image of God (Gen. 1:26-27).

What was secular about all this? Nothing.

Evergreen trees and rhododendrons were everywhere. And the buildings! Were they human creations? Yes. Designed and constructed by image-bearers of God who could only produce such beautiful "secondary creations" because they were made in the image of the first Creator. Christ was holding those buildings together. He made and sustained the raw materials. 

I have never seen a secular building in my life. Some ugly ones, yes, because we live in a fallen world where people can do hideous things with God's stuff. But I've never seen a secular brick. It's all God's stuff.

I spent about six years at the University, earning two bachelor's degrees. One in music, and the other in German language and literature. Neither subject was a secular subject. Why? Because God created and sustains sound waves, and without this, neither music nor language can exist. God gives humans the amazing ability to think abstractly, speak and write language and song, though fallen souls distort them both. 

There is no secular subject at the University of Washington, although there is plenty of distortion going on. If it has anything to do with time, space, or matter, it's all God's stuff.


The best thing that happened during my time at the University of Washington was meeting a remarkable walking miracle by the name of Kathy Marie Carlson, whose name was changed to Overman. This brilliant woman earned her Mrs. degree in just two years! This photo was taken on the U.W. campus, under the blooming cherry trees, about four months before we tied the knot, 45 years ago.

8 comments:

  1. Sweet! Glad God lead you together. Yes, God's evidences are so clear on the University of Washington campus. This is where I found Jesus as my personal Savior through the ministry of the Navigators some 46 years ago. Amen to His remarkable ways.

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  2. 46 years ago? Then we were students there at the same time, Patricia. So glad you came to Christ there!

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  3. Christian, it was probably 60 years ago, while driving a John Deer "B" tractor on our farm, that the same realization hit me. As I listened to the staccato explosions within the two cylinders of that machine, a question came to mind: "What kept that engine from breaking into million pieces?" And answer came quickly. Those cylinders and pistons remained intact because Jesus Christ was “ . . . sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:3)."

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    1. I have no idea what a "B" tractor is, Larry, but I totally relate to your experience. Amazing how God speaks to us in the most unexpected times and places.

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  4. Love what you have written in this post, Christian - and what a nice romantic twist at the end! We celebrated 40 years this summer - married after our freshman year - best decision I ever made!

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    1. "He who finds a wife finds a good thing." Glad to hear about your 40 years together, Dan!

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  5. LOVE the post and the picture :-) Glad you found eachother also or else I wouldn't be here :-) I'm glad to be alive enjoying the beauty of God's creation.

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