Late night TV has long been a place to unwind and laugh a little at the events of the day. One of my favorite all-time late nighters was Johnny Carson. He reigned for 30 years as the host of The Tonight Show. A very popular skit that Carson repeated was called “Carnac the Magnificent”. Johnny played a mystic from the east who had a knack for coming up with unseen answers to unknown questions. You can check it out by watching this short and very funny video…
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It still cracks me up to watch some of the old Johnny footage on YouTube. Some days I can’t help but want to lighten up a day and stressful situation. Finding humor is a relief to me. I mostly laugh at myself and my own shortcomings. I think Carson was sort of the same way, and that was his draw to so many people of the time.
I got to thinking about this recently… did God plan the fall of man? It seems sort of confusing to think that He would. Why would He set us up for failure? It would seem that if He knew everything that He could have averted a lot of trouble for us by having some other plan than the fall
Here’s the kicker to the whole God thing: We don’t know all that much about what the future holds. Sure, there’s the book of Revelation. It seems sort of out there. I’m sure that many people thought that the prophets were sort of out there too, when they shared their thoughts and visions.
God is good and knows exactly what He’s doing…
Here’s a bit about the prophet Jeremiah and his call from God…
The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you int he womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
God knew what we would do before we were born. He also calls us as individuals to help Him complete His work…
The Lord said to him, “You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” Jeremiah 1:7-8
How? Read His Word.
The Lord, speaking to another prophet, Isaiah… “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters…” Isaiah 55:1
He further declares, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (v. 9)… “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (v. 11)
Still confused if He knows what He’s doing?
Our God is a great and holy one. Through Him we can accomplish good and amazing miracles.
At the end of the day it helps to keep things in perspective and follow God’s lead. I’m pretty sure that His hand is in what’s happening here every day, like the Holy Spirit surely lives in those who believe.
Maybe think of late night TV as resilience to buffer our day.
Pray, then hit the hay and rest up for another glorious day 🙂