Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Without Excuse


For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
-Romans 1:20

Lately, I have just been enthralled by creation. Look around at all that surrounds you! The colors that paint the world, the details that make even the simplest things possible, every living thing that walks the earth. The universe, especially our earth and the galaxy it is in, is fine-tuned specifically for life. It all points to a Creator! What are the chances that any of this could happen by accident?

It's easy to doubt God's existence. Out of sight, out of mind. We can't see him, so we pay minimal attention to him. The less we think about him, the easier it is to convince ourselves that he isn't real. The fact of the matter is you can deny God's existence however, you cannot disprove it. The entire universe is proof of the Father.

Did you know:

  • If the crust of the earth had been 10 feet thicker, there would be no oxygen and animal life would cease to exist.
  • The human body contains about 200 different types of cells, each responsible for a specific function.

  • The odds of someone having the exact same DNA as you are 6 billion to one (unless they're identical twins).
  • If transcribed into English, the DNA in the human genome would fill a 300-volume set of encyclopedias of approximately 2000 pages each.
  • The Sun gives off more energy in a single second than mankind has produced cumulatively since their existence.
  • As the Earth moves in its orbit around the Sun, it departs from a straight line by only one-ninth of an inch every 18 miles. If it departed by one-eight of an inch, we would come so close to the Sun that we would be incinerated; if it departed by one-tenth of an inch, we would find ourselves so far from the Sun that we would freeze to death.
  • The brain has been estimated to contain 100 billion neurons, each a living unit within itself. While most neurons share similar properties, they can be classified into “perhaps as many as 10,000 different types." Additionally, over 100 trillion electrical connections are estimated to be present throughout the human brain, which has been said to be more than “all the electrical connections in all the electrical appliances in the world.”
  • If the DNA from a single human cell were removed from the nucleus and unraveled (it is found in the cell in a spiral configuration), it would be approximately six feet long, and would contain over a billion biochemical steps. It has been estimated that if all the DNA in an adult human were placed end-to-end, it would reach to the Sun and back (186 million miles) 400 times.
  • There are an estimated one billion galaxies in the Universe, and an estimated 25 sextillion stars.
  • If all the cells of the human body were set end to end, they would encircle the Earth over 200 times.
(apologeticspress.org)



Richard Dawkins once remarked: “The more statistically improbable a thing is, the less we can believe that it just happened by blind chance. Superficially, the obvious alternative to chance is an intelligent Designer."Harold Marowitz, an atheist physicist, created mathematical models by imagining broths of living bacteria that were superheated until all the complex chemicals were broken down into basic building blocks. After cooling the mixtures, Marowitz used physics calculations to conclude that the odds of a single bacterium reassembling by chance is one in 10100,000,000,000. Mathematicians tell us that any event with an improbability greater than one chance in 1050 is in the realm of metaphysics -- i.e. a miracle (http://www.allaboutthejourney.org/miracle-of-life.htm). The universe happening by chance is not possible according to mathematics. 

As Romans 1:20 says, we are certainly without excuse. Everything screams creation to us. There is no other reasonable explanation for the existence of everything other than that it had a Designer. 

Look around you. Soak it in. The One who formed everything that surrounds you has plans for you and He wants you back.

What amazes you the most? Where do you see God in the universe?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Prodigal Father


But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
-Luke 15:20

Many of us are familiar with the story of the prodigal son. He goes to his father and basically says, "I wish you were dead," and demands his inheritance. The father does not withhold. He gives his son what he asked for and the son runs off, spending his money on "wild living." Eventually, the son hits rock bottom and finds himself feeding pigs. When he realizes how good he had it and all that he has lost, he decides to return to his father and beg for forgiveness that he may work his father's land as a servant. His father had been awaiting his return. He ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. Before the son could even finish his apology, the father had begun planning a celebration for his return.

Prodigal is defined as wastefully or recklessly extravagant. The son took all of his inheritance and wasted it, not thinking of what he was doing or the possible aftermath of his actions. He could certainly be defined as very prodigal. But what about the father? Isn't it foolish to throw such an elaborate feast for a son who left and wasted half of your wealth on filth after telling you he'd be better off with you dead? If anything, I'd expect the father to be furious. However, this father was filled with compassion for his son. He was excited for and awaiting his son's return home. There's no hint of anger. He doesn't even seem interested in his son's past or his explanation. The father is just happy to have his child back with him.

That is our Dad! No matter where you've been or what you've done, God's stance toward you will never change. He loves you! The minute you turn to Him, He's going to be beaming with joy as He sprints toward you. He does not care about your past, He's just excited to see you're returning home.

I can't tell you how long it has taken me to accept this. For so long, I had thought that God was angry with me, upset and disappointed over the decisions I had made. I did not see Him as my loving Father. I saw Him as a frustrated score-keeper, just waiting to punish me for all the sin that polluted my life. I ran. I wasted my life on useless garbage. When I had no more life left to spend, I turned around, only to find that God was not mad at me at all. He had been waiting, watching for my return. Now, He is preparing a celebration for me for when I finally do get to go home.

Monday, July 23, 2012

An Introduction


Hello! Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Lauren Goderwis. That's me in that picture up there. I am currently 19 years old (I'll be 20 in March, and yes I feel old). I was born, raised, and am currently residing in Northern Kentucky. I live with my parents, John and Karen (below, top), and my little sister, Tara (below, bottom). 



The four of us share our log cabin home with four dogs, Champ, Charlie, Cassie, and Gigi, and two cats, Booboo and Muffin. I graduated from Ryle High School in 2011, and I will be a sophomore at Northern Kentucky University in the fall. At the moment, I am employed at Regis as a receptionist (my hatred for the phone increases with every ring). I am also a Young Life leader for Lloyd Memorial High School. Below is a picture of some of my Lloyd friends from summer camp. 


Some of my favorite things include the color yellow, peanut butter, warm summer nights, the smell of matches, baking, autumn, laughing, Brennan Manning, mornings, road trips, city lights at night, black and white photography, dreams, coffee, country music, friends, driving through the mountains, dresses, memories, sunny rain, and grace.

For the past three years I have been in a relationship with the greatest Man to ever walk the face of the earth. He is too good to me, far too good to me. After all the things I've put Him through, the heartache, the pain, the rejection and betrayal, it baffles me that He is still crazy in love with me! I'm so unfaithful and I am not worthy of His affection. Every single day, He begs and pleads to be with me, just to spend time with me, to listen to the matters of my heart. This Man has gone to great measures to grasp my attention, yet time and time again I ignore Him and run after others for satisfaction. No matter how far or how many times I leave him, no matter how much I hurt Him, He is never angry with me. In fact, He is beaming with joy when I turn back to Him! He knew what He was getting Himself into when He proposed to me. He knew how unfaithful I would be and how often I would abandon Him. His love is unfathomable and I am ever grateful for it. I love this Man, but my love for Him will NEVER measure up to His love for me. He is changing both my life and my heart and I know that He has glorious things in store for me. This Man's name is Jesus Christ and I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with Him!

This past year has been a bittersweet experience for me. There were some really great things that happened, but I also visited some of the darkest times in my life. I would not change anything that took place though! Through both the joy and the affliction, I have learned so much about what it means to be loved by God and what exactly grace really is. The purpose behind this blog is to shed some light on the things that have been kept secret so long and to display what God is showing and teaching me. James 5:16 demands that we confess our sins so that we may be healed. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that in our weakness God's power is made perfect. So why not let it all hang out there? I'll be the first one to tell you that it's not easy, but I'll also be the first one to tell you that it's worth it! I hope you enjoy this and I also hope you take something from it. If you would like to contact me, feel free to do so. My email address is lauren.goderwis@gmail.com.