Guest post by Julie Robinson.
This morning, I’m reminded to be thankful for Jupiter, and a few other things…
I keep thinking about that planet Jupiter, and how Jupiter is so large, and placed so perfectly that all these meteorites that should hit the Earth, are sucked into Jupiter’s orbit and crash into its surface instead; and how some of those meteorites are so big, the dust as they hit is the size of Earth.
The other night I heard how if the Earth was just a bit smaller or the bit bigger, it couldn’t be inhabited by people because the levels of oxygen wouldn’t be right for us.
And that gravity — that keeps us all here and walking around, it’s not the same on every planet, but it’s just right for us…
The air that we breathe and the water that we drink, the plants that can grow here, all so perfect for us…
And if we were a just a little bit closer to the sun, we’d be burnt to a frizzle; or a little bit further away, we’d all freeze.
And that moon we look at every night, just keeps on track revolving around our Earth, day in and day out, and never misses a beat.
And together, like cogs in a wheel, our big earth (protected by a bigger Jupiter) and our moon keep on their steady courses around the sun and they do it year in and year out.
I’m no scientist, but if Jupiter is taking hits for us, and most of us don’t even know it, why sweat about the rest?
Other people might have their explanations for this — but there’s no way that clockwork just happened mysteriously from a Big Bang of gases one fine day, when there weren’t any days.
Those thoughts make me do two things:
Throw my hands up and say, thank you to the God I believe created it all; and to remind myself not to sweat the small stuff.
So my gratitude thought for today is for Jupiter and my resolution for the week ahead is not to worry.
He’s got the whole world in His hands.
Like that song we sang as kids…
“He’s got you and me brother in His hands.
He’s got you and me sister in His hands,
He’s got that little bitty baby in His hands,
He’s got the whole wide world in His hands.”
Why not put any worries in His hands and have a worry-free day!
Julie Robinson is the wife of Mark Robinson MP and mother of seven.