I'm just looking for some thoughts or insights (including references from Scripture, if possible) on the extent to which God controls the day-to-day events of our lives. I know Pastors (and other Christians) who essentially hold to one or the other of the following basic views (and will point to specific verses), and I'm wondering what others may think. View # 1: God shapes and controls what happens in our lives on a general or overall basis, intervening as he chooses at critical junctures or important points along the way. His plan for our lives is accomplished on a macro scale, with smaller or minor details oftentimes free to play themselves out as they will, with a greater degree of autonomy left to ourselves. View # 2: God is intensely involved in virtually all of the details and day-to-day events in our lives. Everything has a purpose. His plan for our lives is accomplished on a micro scale. If we have a flat tire on our way to the grocery store, it's part of God's plan for our lives and serves some purpose. There is no such thing in this view as just a random nail lying in the roadway. Your thoughts?