This is the 41st letter I am writing to my grandchildren. They are part of a new book I am writing called Grandpa's Pearls. You can wait until the book is published or you can preview many of them on this blog site, under the tab - The Pearls.
April 30, 2016
Dearest Ruby, Eliana and Gehrig,
It was so good seeing you, G&E, on my recent trip up north. You are getting so big and turning into the most amazing young people I know. Your cousin Ruby is not far behind. Granny and I can't wait for the three of you to come to Texas for Camp PK again this year. It will be so much fun!
Almost every morning I go for a walk as part of my exercise routine. At your age you don't need an exercise routine. You guys burn more calories in an hour than I do all day just being kids. I envy you for your youthful energy.
Anyway, at our age we need all the encouragement we can get to stay healthy and fit. So, for Christmas, Granny and I bought each other fitness watches. They are made by Fitbit. You wear them 24/7, only taking them off to shower or to charge the battery. These devices record almost everything that is going on in your life. The number of steps you take every day, the number of calories you burn and the amount of calorie you consume. The watch monitors, reports and records your heartrate - number of beats per minute - the miles you have traveled and even the number of floors you climb or descend each day. It even records your sleep - telling you how many times you woke up at night, how many times you were restless and the total amount of quality sleep you actually had. Amazing technology.
Another feature is it records your exercise. It has settings which record your activity running, walking, hiking, time on a treadmill, spinning, lifting weights and even yoga. When I go for my walks in the morning, I put it into "Hike" mode. First thing it does is turns on the internal GPS (Global Positioning System) and identifies your exact location before you start your activity. When it has found you, which only takes about a minute, the watch vibrates and you know it is time to start your walk. It follows you everywhere you go; uphill, downhill, turns and straightaways. Every move you make is monitored and recorded on your watch by being connected to a series of thirty satellites orbiting twelve and a half miles up into space. It knows where you are every second within about five meters (sixteen feet) or less.
At the end of my walk the watch automatically downloads the information onto my laptop and I can view the route I have just walked and it tells me how many steps and miles I have covered. How cool is that?
Normally on my hike everyday, I take some time to say my prayers and meditate. It is peaceful being out in God's creation, breathing the fresh air, communing with the flora and fauna (flowers, animals and hundreds of birds singing to welcome the morning sun). Yesterday, as I was thanking God for the many blessings in my life, not the least of which is you three perfect people, the thought occurred to me, "I sure hope God knows how I feel and how thankful I am". Then, by extension, I thought, "I wonder how God knows where I am right now." Which kind of brings me to my next Pearl.
Forty-Second Pearl - "God's Perfect Sight"
Suddenly, I stopped dead in my tracks. I thought, of course God knows where I am. If a watch can communicate with a satellite just twelve miles away and knows where I am within five meters, certainly His GPS - "God's Perfect Sight" - knows exactly where I am, every second of every day. He sees me constantly and has been locked in on me since birth. For the past 25,641 days or 616,104 hours, or 36,966,240 minutes or, even all 2,217,974,400 seconds God's Perfect Sight (GPS) has seen not only where I am but what I am doing, how I am behaving, what acts of kindness (or cruelty) are a part of my day and how I am doing as a Christian.
Now some people might recoil at this thought of an all knowing, all seeing God. They might look at it like the millions of surveillance cameras in use on every street and intersection in thousands of cities and many business establishments nationwide. Some might see those as an invasion of privacy. But with God's Perfect Sight it is totally different. His GPS is there to help us, encourage us, support us, protect us and remind us that we are here on earth for a special purpose, His purpose, to follow Christ and help others to do the same.
I, for one, am glad that God has his eye on me and knows where I am always. It means he is close to me and cares without judging. He has his GPS on you too and that, my dears, should be a very comforting thought.
I love you bunches and bunches,