How to get a small waist

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3

Light is a continuous thread that weaves its way through the tapestry of God’s word to us, the Bible. Jesus said in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Light is a concept that we understand because, while we cannot touch it, we can experience it.

Laser light is interesting. The intensity through a cross-section of the beam follows a Gaussian profile (or a bell-shaped curve). The intensity is highest in the middle and decreases rapidly for points farther from the center. You can observe a Gaussian beam if you direct a laser pointer straight at a flat surface.

Green laser pointer

Green laser pointer

Gaussian profile

Gaussian profile

A Gaussian beam of light is either converging (narrowing in focus) or diverging (spreading out). Always. The smallest diameter it can take is obtained at the beam waist. On the left of the beam waist, the light is converging. On the right, it is diverging.

Beam waist

Beam waist

Our relationship with God is like this Gaussian light. We are either converging, growing closer, or we are diverging, choosing our own way. We join the converging path when we accept Jesus as our Savior. We continue on the converging path through a daily surrender of our will to God’s will for our lives. This does not mean that we are keeping a set of rules. Rather, it means that we accept God as a loving father who wishes to protect us from the destruction of sin.

Move toward that small waist. The more complete your submission, the tighter your focus. The more complete your submission, the smaller your waist.


About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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