Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Creation from Way Up Yonder

Here in the United States, Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow. While we need to be thankful to God every day for his blessings, Thanksgiving is a special day and even a theological act. There have been times when I have suggested getting up on the hill — that is, a larger perspective. How about perspective from the International Space Station?

Sometimes we need to get far away and have a larger perspective. An astronaut who has seen Earth below provides his view of creation.
Captain Barry Wilmore image credit: NASA
I camped out on this article for a while, so at this point the 50th anniversaries have come and gone. The linked article was written prior to those events.

Captain Williams has logged many hours in space on the shuttle Atlantis and on the ISS. He reminds us that the creation itself was a miraculous event, as is our redemption in Jesus Christ. We can give him honor, glory, and worship forever. Take some time to thank him, pilgrim.
I’ve had the privilege few ever experience. To date, I’ve spent not just a few hours or a week in space, but 178 days. I lived there (most of the time on the space station) and had the opportunity to experience space. I’m often asked what perspective this gave me. Did I have a spiritual experience, a moment of enlightenment that freed me from the constraints of our planet?

I can say without question that one cannot help but be filled with awe at the beauty, majesty, and utter wonder of God’s magnificent creation while zipping around the planet 16 times a day at 17,500 mph. One of the most memorable experiences is the kaleidoscope of vivid colors that encircle the globe. It’s hard to put into words what one actually sees and experiences because our eyes detect light differently than can be recorded by cameras.
To read the full article or download the MP3, go to "To Space and Back—an Astronaut’s Perspective". 


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