I took my son to a birthday party that was at the planetarium. We ended up watching a bunch of YouTubes on the solar system afterwards, including this cool one. (If you’re not “into” it from the get-go, then skip ahead to 2:25 and watch it through 3:45, which is the relevant section for this post.)
One of my favorite arguments for the existence of God is the “fine-tuned universe.” When we ask, “What are the chances that this is all a big coincidence?” it’s not simply the probability that intelligent life could emerge out of primordial soup on earth. As the video above showed, our existence on this vulnerable oblong spheroid is incredibly precarious. Not too many people ever stop and think, “Man, it’s a good thing Jupiter is out there, intercepting killer asteroids before they wipe out the human race.”
Reflecting on these issues also reinforces the idea that it’s absurd to fret over the things we do. For example, I’m very anxious about excess reserves in the banking sector. But in the grand scheme of things, who cares? There are a million-and-one other things that could snuff out all life, and I am blissfully ignorant of them. If God is taking care of that stuff, I can probably chill out about price inflation.
Finally: This is not a call to recklessness or apathy. On the contrary, when you worry about things, you paralyze yourself and lose the ability to actually prioritize properly. To drive home the spiritual point:
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.