God’s Machine


Daniel gives Simon, Carrie, Mary, Liz, John, and Zach a tour of the inside of the Time Machine.  When Simon examines the controls, he discovers that there is no means of taking the machine to a certain location in time.  Then Daniel explains that the destinations of the Time Machine are determined by the will of God.

“You’re not serious!” exclaimed Simon.

“I am serious,” said Daniel calmly.

Zach went to where Simon, Carrie, and Daniel were at, near the control panel.  “You mean that the locations in time that this machine goes to are all done at random?!”

“What did I miss?” asked John as he came out of the bathroom.

“I never said that the coordinates are at random,” said Daniel, “I said that before this machine was ever invented, God had already planned out the places where it would go, and the people who would see them.”

“Isn’t that a little dangerous?” asked Liz as she and Mary went to where everyone else was at.  “I mean, without you controlling it, the time machine could go to some pretty horrible places.”

“That may be,” said Daniel, “But I believe no harm will ever come to us as we Bible jump from place to place.”

“How can you be so sure?” asked Mary.

“In Proverbs chapter three verses five through six it says: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight,’” said Daniel.

“What is that supposed to mean?” asked John.

“It means that if we trust in God, he will keep us safe in all things,” said Carrie.

“That’s right Carrie,” said Daniel, “God knows the way to go in life better than we do.  When we try to take control of our lives, it usually ends badly.”

“But don’t you feel nervous about not knowing where you’re going?” asked Zach.

“Not really, because when I was building this machine, I understood that the device was not mine to begin with…That this time machine was God’s Machine,” said Daniel.

Daniel smiled and added, “And besides, before you guys showed up, I tested the vehicle twice and both times it went without a hitch.”

Mary and Liz smiled.  “Well if you already tested it, then I guess it must be safe,” said Liz.

Zach shook his head, “I still don’t like the idea that you aren’t in control of where you’re going.”

“Oh come on Zach,” said John as he placed his arm around Zach’s shoulder, “Think of it as going on a roller coaster in the dark.”

“I don’t like roller coasters,” said Zach.

“Well there is a first time for everything,” smiled John, “And if it gets too scary, you can hold my hand.”

Zach groaned.

            ‘There has to be a way to control it’, thought Simon, ‘There has to be.  As soon as I am alone with this thing, I am going to find a way.’  Simon looked at Daniel.  ‘With or without your help!’

“Now, if there are no more questions,” said Daniel, “Please take a seat.”

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