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!

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Find God on the Dark Side of the Moon

By Dianne Neal Matthews:

Remembering historic photos of the dark side of the moon (taken 53 years ago), we can find God by considering our own dark side.

 

Image from Wikipedia taken of the dark side of the moon from a spacecraft.

In October 1959, the Russian unmanned spacecraft Luna 3 photographed the dark side of the moon for the first time.

After passing the moon, Luna 3 turned back and took twenty-nine photographs of the far side of the moon. The pictures were taken over a forty-minute span, developed onboard the craft, and relayed back to Earth on October 18.

Though it returned rather poor pictures by later standards, the historic, never-before-seen views of the far side of the Moon caused excitement and interest when they were published around the world. A tentative Atlas of the Far Side of the Moon was created after image processing improved the pictures.

The photographs covered 70 percent of the moon’s far side. Despite the low resolution, many features were recognizable. The pictures provided the first view of this part of the moon’s surface.

The dark side of the moon can never be viewed from Earth, because the moon revolves and rotates in such a way that the same part is always facing Earth.

If we’re honest, we have to admit that all of us have a dark side, too. Some people believe that we are born inherently good and then learn evil. However, the Bible gives us a picture of the dark side of human nature.

In the days of Noah, God saw that people’s thoughts were “consistently and totally evil. . . . It broke his heart” (Genesis 6:5-6). After the Flood, God said the human race is “bent toward evil from childhood” (Genesis 8:21). No matter how hard we try to be good, we are born with a heart inclined toward evil.

 The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who ­really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT )

The condition of the human heart is the bad news. God’s mercy, forgiveness, and love is the good news. But we ­can’t appreciate God’s awesome goodness until we face our own badness. And we ­can’t be found until we admit we are lost.

Adam and Eve’s choice to disobey broke God’s heart; we have also disobeyed and broken God’s heart. God’s response was to die for us. Even after we find God and accept His forgiveness, we still struggle with our old sinful nature. We need God’s truth to shine on our dark side and show us where we need forgiveness and help.

The sight of our dark side may not be pretty, but we need to take a good look at it from time to time.

 What part of your dark side does God want you to honestly examine and deal with?

For a more modern take on the dark side of the moon, watch this one-minute video of imagery taken on Jan. 19 by the MoonKAM aboard the “Ebb” spacecraft, part of NASA’s GRAIL mission:

© Dianne Neal Matthews (www.DianneNealMatthews.com). Dianne is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books. This article is adapted from her book, The One Year on This Day (Tyndale House 2005).

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