A Distant Light

It’s easy to miss in the expanse of the twilight sky. A white glow with a streaming tail of ice crystals that at first glance may be mistaken for a falling star. It trails across the darkness a little longer though before it disappears on the horizon. A few moments in the eye of the viewer, a few days to try and catch a glimpse and not to be seen again from earth for 8700 years. Then off it soars on its journey through the vast, empty spaces of the universe. Beautiful and thrilling but why? For what purpose? Who witnessed its voyage 8700 years ago?

Photo courtesy of John Dusseault

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1-2 NIV

The water is freezing cold and the darkness is complete as no light reaches down this far from the surface of the ocean. The pressure of the water would crush the very breath out of you if you were to venture into it unaided by a specialized submarine. Yet creatures beyond imagination, like the deep sea anglerfish survive and make their own light with bacteria No one had ever seen these creatures until recent years. Amazing and exciting but why? For what purpose?

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,” Psalm 148:7 NIV

New species of animals are being discovered every year. Reportedly, last year 71 new species were discovered. They have been walking, crawling and flying around unnoticed for thousands of years. Unbelievable but why? For what purpose?

The ability to enjoy the beauty of nature such as towering mountains like the snow capped Rockies, long sandy beaches with endless crashing waves, sunsets that take your breath away and an array of beautiful flowers and scents that stir our hearts with wonder. Why? For what purpose?

I have a heart that pumps at the exact perfect pace to bring life giving blood to the brain and the rest of my body parts; lungs that expand and collapse in a steady rythmic pattern without conscious thought; a brain that is aware of itself, that can feel emotions and learn, that can analyze and ask questions such as why? For what purpose?

“How do you explain the moment that the universe first burst into time and space from….nothing? And how do you explain why?”

Sigmund Brouwer ‘The Unrandom Universe’

Those distant lights in our sky, which are only a fraction of the billions in the universe are their for a purpose , to make us look up in awe and bring glory to their maker.

Those creatures of the deepest deep, were put there for one purpose, to draw us down and amaze us and bring glory to their God.

“You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” Nehemiah 9:6 NIV

You and I and every human being were given a greater gift of being made in the image of God. We have been given the ability to wonder and learn; to look at all he has created and know about the God who loves like no other. The One who sent His only Son to die for us so that we can be with Him and give Him praise and glory all our days!

“all Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless you.” Psalm 145:10. NKJV

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” Colossians 1:16 NIV

So look up my friends and be amazed! Look around at our beautiful world and stand in awe! Close your eyes and listen to the miracle of your heart beating as you inhale deeply the invisible, life sustaining, oxygen around you. Then give glory and thanks to your Creator.

Be well!

Patricia

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