Pastor's Corner

14 Jul
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Mid-Week Challenge

The annual Perseids meteor shower begins this evening and is predicted to peak on August 11 and 12!  The Perseid meteors are known both for their epic "fireballs" - explosions of light and color that last longer than those from typical meteors - and for the long trails they leave behind.  Leading up to the peak nights we could see up to 100 meteors per hour as Earth moves through a cloud of comet debris. Starting tonight, there should be meteor activity each night around twilight and going through the month of August!

Amazing, right! How do we know this? A good guess, casual observation or is it that the order in the Universe allows us to know these things?  “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” was one of my favorite songs growing up.  Positive, reassuring and uplifting, the lyrics and tune just puts you in a better mood as you reflect on difficulties of life but the assurance that, in the darkness, the sun will eventually shine. 

Reading up on the Perseids shower, I came across another prediction.  We all know that the Earth and our Moon share a gravitational relationship with the Sun that controls the tidal system of our oceans.  The ocean tides wax and wane, and if you have been to the beach and watched this process over time, you’ll recall that the pull differs from year to year.  The moon’s orbit, in this cosmic dance, takes about 18 years. Half of the cycle suppresses tide activity by making high tides lower than normal and low tides higher than normal.  The other half of the cycle intensifies them, and in about 10 years coast cities might have a problem with flooding.  Scientists tell us that in the mid-2030s, every U.S. coast will experience rapidly increasing high-tide floods, when a lunar cycle will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change.

How can these researchers make such worrisome predictions with such confidence: because it has happened before! In fact, the regular wobble in the Moon’s orbit that takes 18.6 years to complete was first discovered in 1728!  And you know what, it was happening long before that!  Just because humans can observe and report something doesn’t mean it wasn’t there before or it is a new phenomenon.  We forget that we can predict and prepare for things such as coastal flooding because there is a benevolent Creator behind it all.  The Creator of the Universe put things into place with predictable order so that we might benefit from His design and in our discovery of it.  When we examine the attention to detail, Intelligent Design is the only conclusion.  Still, we have some with egos that keep them from seeing the truth.  Their “discovery” in nature doesn’t mean they put the occurrence there; although many of them behave as if their observations give them godlike status.  

Today, celebrate the fact that God gives us the ability to discover things about the world around us for our pleasure and for our protection.  Give Him the credit and glory for what you find! He deserves it! 

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Without speech or language, without a sound to be heard, their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  Psalm 19:1-4

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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