Gnats and Gods
Alright, we say that God is all-knowing and that sounds kind of amazing, but I had a thought today that really struck home what all-knowing really means. I was sitting outside being harrowed by gnats. It was an almost perfect day with just the right amount of sunlight and lack of heat. But I couldn’t relax because I was constantly shooing these small little nuisances out from my eyelashes and ears.
I really wanted to spend some time outside writing today so I thought about praying about the gnats and then I thought it would be silly. It wasn’t long, though, before they had annoyed me to the point that I was praying that all gnats everywhere be annihilated.
And that is when it hit me. Does God really know how many gnats are in the world right now? Can he really tell the difference between the ones on my face and the ones on my feet? Did he already know that I would actually kill one on my ear?
Then I got to thinking about what omniscience means. It means that God knows the gnat when it is hatched. He knows where it will go and who it will land on. He knows what bird will come and eat it. He knows who will watch that bird flying into and out of a bird house on their back yard. He knows what will live off of the droppings of that bird. He knows what scavenger will eat the remains of that bird. He knows what predator will eat the scavenger that ate the remains of the bird who ate the gnat that was walking across my face. He knows.
If you asked, God could trace back the trail of life from every insect, every animal, even person all the way back to Noah and the flood. That is omniscience.
When I got my head around that thought I had to stop praying for a while. Because if I really believed that this was the God that I was praying to then I needed to reevaluate what I was doing. In that pause I had three thoughts. 1) I am not worthy to be in the presence of a God who knows all that and 2) there is nothing that he can’t do and 3) but for some reason he invites me to sit with him and talk with him and ask him—for there is nothing that he can’t do.