Pastor's Corner

27 Oct
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Mid-Week Challenge

Some of the best and most powerful messages are those that use few words and are quick to the point.  

One such message was expressed by William Shatner after he arrived back on earth after traveling into space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space craft. Describing his experience Shatner says to Bezos, “I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can maintain what I feel now… I don’t want to lose it.”\

What a statement! How could one lose the wonder of traveling to space? Everyone who has been there comes back with the same type of expression.  Being among the vast expansion of our galaxy reminds us of how insignificant we are among the stars.  We are reminded in Psalm 8:4 - what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?  However, we are also told in Scripture that all of us are made in God’s image! Wow!!

But familiarity can bring contempt.  John Stonestreet and Kasey Leander sum up the heart of what Shatner was expressing: Here’s a 90-year-old in childlike wonder, experiencing that almost spiritual part of space travel reflected by many astronauts throughout history. Often called the “overview effect,” space tends to raise deep longings for significance.  Pioneers of travel by plane probably thought that it could never bore anyone. But, it does, like anything that becomes normal.

Stonestreet and Leander tap into to the reality that all Christians know; the only thing that can permanently ground our sense of wonder is God Himself.  The only thing big enough to sustain our wonder is a right recognition of our place in the Universe and our relation to the God who created it and desires a real relationship with us! 

As the leaves begin to change with the changing of the season, as the sunsets get more beautiful and the stars in the night sky become more visible, pause and recognize God did it all and each declare His glory.  Take note so that you never grow accustom to the miracles all around.  

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.”  Job 38:4

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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