In Midnight Special, NSA officer Paul Sevier is investigating various coordinates and locations taken from scripture from "The Ranch" cult. This scripture is derived from the messages that the special boy Alton has provided in the past; interpretations of information that Alton's mind has inadvertently received from various spy satellites.
While Sevier is looking at the coordinates on a whiteboard, he suddenly determines that he can use them to identify the true coordinates for where Alton and his parents are headed.
How does Sevier determine this? Did I miss something, or are we to simply infer that he somehow decodes it, as this is purportedly one of Paul's skills? Or, is something else (a higher power, such as Alton himself) involved, deliberately guiding Sevier, possibly predicting their later encounter (considering that Alton knows his name)?