Perfectly Arranged

by Pastor Doug Engel

When I went to high school we had typing class. Boy was it noisy with all those manual typewriters in action. On a good day a few of us got to practice on the newer electric typewriters. They were fast and a lot easier on the fingers!


As long as I can remember the keys on the typewriters and keyboards have been configured in the same way. I can’t imagine trying to learn a new arrangement. I’d be looking down at the keys all the time. I wonder who decided in what order the keys should be placed? Curiosity got the best of me so I had to look it up.

As it turns out, this arrangement, called the QWERTY keyboard (the first six letters on the top left), was the brain-child of an American printer named Christopher Latham Sholes in 1874. Hey! That’s exactly 150 years ago!

Sholes first tried arranging the keys in alphabetical order but it quickly became apparent that the levers in the type basket would jam too easily with that layout. He rearranged the keyboard to prevent any jamming when frequently used keys were utilized. The best placement is what we’re still using today.

Have you ever wondered why the universe is arranged the way it is? The earth is just the right distance from the sun to support life, it’s tilt and rotation finely tuned to give us seasons. The moon actually moderates the wobble on earth’s axis, helping to stabilize our planet. The moon also causes the ocean tides, creating a rhythm and currents that support ocean life.

Bill Manske knows a thing or two in the area of physics. Bill said that “There are upwards of 300 different fine tunings in physics and the universe ... constants that are accurate to 10'57 with 57 digits. If the last digit was off by one number, the universe would not exist. That degree of accuracy is beyond impossible for us to think about, let alone it happening all by itself.”

As Chris Sholes arranged the keys on a typewriter 150 years ago, God arranged the planets and the stars at the dawn of creation and it is absolutely fine tuned!

God describes his creating work to Job in the Old Testament. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7). Did you catch that? As God created he measured everything with precision. Everything had it’s place and we can observe that God’s design is the best layout so that planets and stars don’t collide and get all jammed up.

If God ordered the universe with such care and precision shouldn’t we welcome his arrangement and work in our personal lives?