Radiolab did a short recently on "what a slinky knows" (here's a link to the piece).
This really isn't going to be boring and science-y, I promise. Life lesson stuff.
(The picture, by the way, is the day that we moved into our last apartment...700,000 people were also visiting our neighborhood that weekend for a festival, and a parade route literally encompassed our block...)
It goes like this: if you were to hold a Slinky at full extension and drop the top, "for a fraction of a second... the bottom of slinky hovers in midair, seeming to defy the laws of physics, while the top collapses toward it."
Essentially: the bottom doesn't know it's supposed to fall until it receives the 'memo' from the top that it's falling. It keeps doing what it's doing, hanging in the air.
Further, Jad and Robert remind us that if the sun were to be plucked from the universe, it would be a full eight minutes and twenty seconds that we would live in happy, sunny bliss before realizing that the world was over. Eight minutes of oblivion before we get the memo.
And that's life. Radiolab says, "We are the bottom of the Slinky."
And we are. We can plan. We can try our best to be proactive. But Matthew 6 reminds us that life? ... Yeah, you're just going to have to trust that the Big Guy is in control, because we don't know what the top of the Slinky is doing until it hits us and we're falling with it. When the sh*** hits the fan, the most proactive Slinky still has to wait for the memo.
I don't know...I just find it fascinating that that's built into the world, you know? I may hate being the bottom of the Slinky, but despite all my planning and preparing, the bottom of the Slinky I will remain.
...And I'm thankful that not only do I have eight minutes and seventeen seconds of oblivion, but when my world falls apart: "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life by worrying?" ... "your Father in heaven knows what you need".
25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are? 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at the wildflowers in the field. See how they grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 30 If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? It’s just grass—one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small!
31 “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’32 That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries.-KM
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