Posted by: Diane | March 19, 2013

Room With A View

There was a marvelous article about the space program in Sunday’s Star. Shawna Richer wrote the following:

Science would seem at odds with spirituality, but not necessarily for those who experience space.

Richer then quoted Marcos Pontes, the first Brazilian in space:

“I do believe in God. I am religious and it’s very important. After the flight, you feel more connected with those things. Because you think about…when you look back at Earth, you don’t feel like a big astronaut. You feel very, very, very, very small, pretty much like nothing. That feeling makes you think about what is important in life. God, in a sense, is very present in this – something that is inside of us and everywhere at the same time.”

Can’t you picture this man looking at the earth and acknowledging how small he is, compared to the vastness of space? I would imagine that this experience really put his life into perspective.

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It always humbles me to see graphics that communicate that same truth. Here on Earth, we can look around us at vastness in an open field or plain, or on a lake or ocean…and be in awe. Yet, consider that “as far as the eye can see” for us ground dwellers is probably only about 3 miles. Look at the image above and try to imagine those 3 miles down below, compared to astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson’s “as far as the eye can see” perspective.

…and God sees even more.

Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. Isaiah 40:15 (NIV)

God is indeed, very present in all this wonder and magnificence yet, He also sees little ol’ me, sitting at the kitchen table and Chris, taking a little power nap before small group tonight.

I marvel at His creation and I rest in His sovereignty.

I will let the Lord instruct me and know that His eye is upon me.    Psalm 32.8 Amplified

 


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