Finding God in Space: In the movie Gravity

By Lane Jordan:

The movie Gravity reminded me of how God amazingly created earth and space.

earth image from NASA used at Finding God Daily

The earth seen from Apollo 13: Image from NASA

Have you ever wondered where we really are in space?Where is earth compared to all the other stars and planets?  Are we in the right spot or are we just floating around?

Looking out at the stars on a clear night, I have felt so tiny, so alone and isolated. Space is so extremely vast.I remember as a child wondering if there was life “out there”.  I also wondered if there really was a God. 

I just saw the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.They are astronauts, who tumble into deep space after a shuttle mishap. My heart was literally in my throat as they tried to get back together as well as back to the ship.  And again, I felt that we are so insignificant compared to all of space.Could a God really create this beautiful earth and its inhabitants? 

But I was in awe throughout the whole movie.The view of earth from space was so beautiful with all its swirls of blue and white.And it made me realize: all of this had to have been created. And it was created by God.It made me realize how great our God is!He created such beauty as well as such vastness of space and time.  How could anyone go into space without seeing the works of a Creator?

And then, without giving away too much of the movie, I fell in love with the scene when Sandra isn’t alone anymore.God saw her in distress and answered her prayer, even when she didn’t pray.He knew her need and was there for her.Even in the vastness of space.

And the last few scenes, when she starts smiling and is ready to start her life again?Ah, that’s nothing more than someone finding God.It happens every day.Even in space.

@Lane_Jordan.  Lane is a bestselling author, national speaker, singer, certified life coach and contributor to the Finding God Daily blog.  Visit Lane on her web at www.LaneJordanMinistries.com

Curious about the movie Gravity? Here’s the YouTube trailer from Warner Bros.:

Oh, and in case watching this trailer made you feel anxious, here’s something now to relax you!

Kick the Worrying Habit, Live Longer, Find God by Dianne Neal Matthews

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Finding God in Yosemite National Park

By Karen O’Connor:

At Yosemite National Park I ended up finding God as I saw the beauty He had created.

 

Half Dome at Yosemite by Matthew Hull

Half Dome at Yosemite: Image by Matthew Hull

My friend Kathleen and I spent a week camping and hiking with other women in Mammoth, California. To get to our campground from where we live, we had to drive the highway that runs through the top of Yosemite National Park.

For two hours we enjoyed the beautiful flowers on the sides of the road, the view of Half Dome in the distance, stands of Lodgepole Pines and Western Whites, Tenaya Lake and rolling streams, and Tuolomne Meadows with its acres of wild grass. It was not hard to find God in Yosemite National Park. Everywhere I looked I saw the Lord’s hand. No artist or sculptor or engineer could create such a place. As the poet Joyce Kilmer wrote, “. . . only God can make a tree.”

As we drove through the park, I was reminded of the account in the Bible of the Garden of Eden. The word Eden means ‘delight.’ It is God’s pleasure to give us the delights of our heart and it has been that way since the beginning of time when he created man and gave him Eden, the garden of delights.

Genesis 2:9 describes God’s handiwork. “And out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food.”

The garden was filled with colorful flowering plants and delicious fruits—pure paradise for the first human beings––Adam and Eve.

Is it any wonder then, how with just a little contemplation and observation we can find God in Yosemite National Park and in many other awesome places carved out, created, and maintained by God’s love and care?

Enjoy this inspiring YouTube video on Yosemite National Park with Scott Gediman, park assistant superintendent

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor    

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Find God in Snowflake Designs

By Dianne Neal Matthews:

The exquisite, intricate beauty of a single ice crystal makes it possible for us to find God in snowflake designs.

 

Image from SnowCrystals.com, photo by by Kenneth G. Libbrecht using a specially designed snowflake photomicroscope.

Images are from SnowCrystals.com, taken by Kenneth G. Libbrecht, professor of physics at California Institute of Technology (CalTech) using a specially designed snowflake photomicroscope.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fill of snow this winter. A few piles of snow still adorn my yard, messy and dirty-looking.

When masses of cold, white stuff wait to be shoveled from our driveway or hampers our travels, it’s easy to forget something. One Sunday, as my husband and I drove to church, a few flakes were falling in the subfreezing temperatures. As I glanced out the passenger window, the morning sun lit up a single ice crystal stuck to the glass. The intricate pattern of that flake mesmerized me; I felt amazed to think how a pile of snow could be composed of thousands of these delicate crystals, each one unique in its own way.

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When I got home, I went to a bookshelf and pulled down a Christmas gift from a dear friend in 2003. Sherry had given me a copy of The Snowflake: Winter’s Secret Beauty by Kenneth Libbrecht.

In the front my friend had written: “For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth’” (Job 37:6a NASB). Over lunch that day, we had talked about how God displays His incredible creativity through nature.

Opening the book once more, I gazed on the astonishing microscopic photographs of snowflakes in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes.

Besides the typically-pictured six-branched ice star, there were twelve-sided snowflakes (uncommon), fern-like stellar dendrites with numerous side-branches, crystals that had formed sectored plates on the ends of their arms, and the plainer needles and columns. I also read about the formation of clusters, half-stars, arrowhead crystals, and some split-plate crystals the author describes as “so odd-looking they almost defy explanation.”

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Seeing the single ice crystal lit up by the sun that morning reminded me of the One who created it. It also reminded me that He has created each one of us to be unique in our own way. When He looks at the earth, God doesn’t see a mass of people; He sees individuals with their own distinct personalities, talents, and dreams. And He loves every single one.

Winter is a good time to find God in snowflake designs–and in your own complex design as well.

© Dianne Neal Matthews. Dianne is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. Visit her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

You can learn more about snowflakes and see even more gorgeous pictures like these at SnowCrystals.com.

See physicist Ken Libbrecht, dubbed “The Snowflake Fanatic” in this video produced by Discovery TV:

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