This is what's happening right now (and at every moment in the past and future). Jesus *IS* the radiance of the glory of God. He's not merely surrounded by it or in control of it or even filled with it. He IS it. The RADIANCE of the GLORY of God! This makes my brain want to explode. I don't even know how to define the picture this puts in my head. Like millions and millions of fireworks simultaneously and yet somehow repeatedly bursting forth with all things brilliant and dazzling and magnificent and wondrous. And if that isn't enough, He is the exact imprint of God's nature, meaning he shares all of the qualities of God himself, including his omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. Complete and perfect in knowledge, present in every moment of every situation, and powerfully sovereign.
And what is he doing? Upholding the universe. UPHOLDING. THE UNIVERSE. Fully in control.
Doesn't mean nothing troublesome is going on around us. (Even as I type, I'm praying for those in the path of Hurricane Isaac, which includes MANY of my family members and friends.) But it does mean that no storm, whether it be Isaac or the one that lives quietly (to the rest of the world) in your own heart, is beyond the scope of his power. He is not surprised or panicked. He is commanding all things to work together for his glory.
Don't know about you, but I need to be reminded of this