In a galaxy far, far away… or perhaps in the earth’s orbit… we have witnessed some space-filled excitement the last few days. Firstly, there is the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the much anticipated seventh film in the series. I admit I own the other six films (they are great!), but I am probably going to wait a while before seeing the new release.
The other bit of space news is Tim Peake, a British astronaut, and two others took to the skies to work on the International Space Station for six months. Six months. In space. Exciting. Terrifying. But wow. Right? The Guardian reported that Peake ‘is the first Briton to join the crew of the ISS. He is also the first fully British professional astronaut working for a space agency.’ Congratulations to Tim on his safe arrival to the space station. The launch got me excited about space once more. I might have to watch October Sky again. Haven’t seen it? You should. It’s awesome.
My husband and I spent many of our first few months together when we were dating looking at the stars. Corny. Romantic. I know. We spent so much time under the heavens, watching, dreaming, amazed. We even have a telescope that we should probably use more often!
It’s hard not to get excited about space. The fact that there are people working above the earth fascinates me. I am a little bit sad that I can’t be up there getting the most amazing views. It would leave me breathless. How vast space is!
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
The universe is glorious. How can we not be left in awe and wonder, and our hearts not search deeper for the Creator God who designed the universe, and created us, knowing us personally? The God that flung stars into space is the God who knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7).
This truth is newsworthy. Sadly, it is not making front page news in the hearts of so many people today.
There should be much anticipation in our hearts for the Lord. In fact, there is a longing in all of us for something greater. We long and we need for something that will satisfy our deep thirst. God promises to quench that longing.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35
In this life we may go hungry and thirsty, but Jesus promises us that the living water He gives us will become a well of water springing up to eternal life (John 4:14).
Everything we see, including the amazing, breath-taking images from the universe, will eventually pass away. But God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He calls us His children, if only we would trust and love Him. He invites us to take up this living water and be filled in anticipation in the hope that we have in eternal life.
If you think the universe is inspiring and beautiful, remember that it points to something greater. It points to the Great I Am – God the Father, Son and Spirit. He loves you. He is newsworthy. He gives us good news and welcomes us openly to be with Him forever. Let us rejoice and keep on singing His praise as we await His return.