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“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the  mountains would tremble before you!  As when fire sets twigs ablaze 
and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.  Since ancient times no one has heard, 
no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him (Isaiah 64:1-4).” 

Michael Crow knows who the enemy is. As Pogo noted, it is us.

Crow, the president of Arizona State University, says  scientists today are so proud that they are unable to understand that there are limits to our knowledge. In an article in the webzine “Issues in Science and Technology”, he calls the failure of academia to see that the problems of mankind are NOT external to ourselves “hubris”.

Crow cites six areas of limitation to our ability to control nature. Of particular interest are the knowledge and philosophical constraints he mentions.

Regarding knowledge, Crow makes an interesting point about our own capacity for self governance. He says that we do not even have the ability to manage ourselves well enough to confront the challenges of dealing with the damage we have done to our own world.

Regarding philosophy, Crow believes science in unable in this hyperactive age to discover real meaning behind our relationship with nature.  Such age-old questions as “Why are we here?” and “How should we behave?” are beyond the researcher today.

While Crow laments the literal answers to meaning that science provides, calling them a “mockery”, his purpose in questioning current approaches is far different than mine. His goal would be unified effort to be good stewards of the planet.

When I think of our lovely world, I understand it as God’s creation. Yet, I acknowledge that I have barely scratched the surface in understanding the beauty He has made, and more importantly, why he has made it.

Crow says of our hubris (and I include myself in the human race on this):

 We trumpet the onset of the “knowledge society,” but we might be much better off if we accepted that, when it comes to our relations with nature, we are still pretty much an “ignorance society.” Our situation is reminiscent of Sherman McCoy, the protagonist of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, who fancies himself a “Master of the Universe” just as his life is taken over by events far beyond his control. We have the illusion of understanding and are not humbled by the fact that we do not understand. We refuse even to consider the possibility.

I did indeed stumble into a deep thought over the weekend regarding God’s purpose in nature, however, despite my own selfishness and pride. I got an epiphany that God has put it there partly to help me deal with the things I cannot control.

The first s of the Twelve Steps of the Celebrate Recovery movement, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, is:

We admitted to ourselves that we were powerless over our dependencies-that our life had become unmanageable.

In a couple areas of my life, this confession holds true. It took a walk through the forest this weekend to help me get hold of an idea that God’s creation is an antidote to the addictions that would want to consume me and draw me away from God.

Sunday was a gorgeous, cool day in Finland, the county where I currently reside. I knew I would be stupid to spend my day inside, so I decided to walk a trail that leads past the gigantic lake in our region and into town. (In addition, the aspect of God’s work called “my body” needed the exercise.)

As I was out there, it was so beautiful that I realized something. I understood that the next time I was facing one of my common temptations, I could look seek out God through His creation.

Methodologically speaking, this could mean anything. For example, today I set a beautiful autumn scene from my home state on my computer wallpaper.

In any case, the idea is to put off the sinfulness and put on God (Romans 13:13,14).  I can’t see God because He is invisible, but I can see His likeness through what He has made (Romans 1:20).

Let’s get back to science for a minute. In the opening page of his book “Science and Its Limits”,  Del Ratsch notes that there is no accepted definition of natural science.

This is not a problem, according to the author:

That might seem to be an insurmountable difficulty.  How can we investigate the nature of science if we do not, strictly speaking, know what we are talking about?   But such problems are not insurmountable in comparable situations.  For instance, it is almost a cliché that  no one can define love.  But that does not stop us from proclaiming (often correctly) our undying version of love to select persons on Valentine’s Day, and it does not stop us from marrying for love. We can often recognize  instances of  and characteristics of a concept even if we are unable to formulate an ironclad definition  of it, and we often have a good general idea even if we cannot specify all the details. Such is the case with the concept of science.

And such is the case with the concept of God. His beauty, His love,  and His personal care for me are all there in the woods and the waterways of the area in which I live.

My dependencies are cheap imitations and limitations. I can find the real deal in nature, and that reality is spectacular, far greater than my flesh, the world, or the devil can conjure up.

So the next time I am tempted to succumb to the pull of temptation, I have to endeavor to find a way to muse on God’s beauty in creation. It’ not hard to find. It’s everywhere.

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“Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore (Psalm 125:1,2).”

This morning I was having coffee with a German colleauge of mine. We got to discussing disasters, perhaps because there was an unusual earthquake in my home state yesterday.

I commented to him that I couldn’t understand why people in California build in hazardous areas. For example, one city in the Los Angeles area is known for its mudslides. Other areas are hit with flash fire.

One occurred in a city near LA I used to live in and destoyed a lot of homes a few years ago.  The authorities debated the cause of the fire and learned that a car coming down the freeway nearby sparked it.

According to the Orange County (CA) Register, lack of water may have contributed to the inability to contain the fire. In addition, high-tech temperature control systems in the modern homes actually sucked in flaming embers, setting houses on fire.

In a fire in another southern California community the year before, it wasn’t embers that caused destruction. It was the lack of brush clearance in the area.  

Hundreds of homes are destroyed when these events occur. Yet people keep building in desert areas and in canyons with loose mud.

My German friend told me they do similar things  in his country, too. People like to build on flood plains.

I told my friend that this topic sounded like a good one for an English class I am teaching to engineers who speak other languages. I bet there will be a lively discussion.

Dr. Matt Davis, a professor at a university in California, has some presentation slides on the Internet  related to risk. They concern the psychology of disasters and why people react the way they do.

I looked through his slides to see if he had anything to say about WHY people put themselves in risky situations.  Dr. Davis did indeed have some things to say on this issue.

First, he notes that because of increasing world population, people are living in more dangerous places.  Dr. Davis indicates 75 of the 100 most heavily populated urban areas in the world have at least one hazard.

He poses the question: why do people live around such natural phenomena as volcanos and earthquakes?

Dr. Davis indicates that in some places in the world, people have nowhere else to go. In addition, he says people have family and cultural connections.

Furthermore, there are benefits to living in these dangerous places. Dr. Davis  cites such advantages as natural beauty and scenery, economic benefits and the availability of natural resources.

Still, when a person builds a million dollar home on a hillside that is prone to slipping soil, even though they can’t get insurance, you have to wonder. The wise man of Proverbs tells me that even bringing up the issue will not make me any friends:

“As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.” Proverbs 25:23

I suppose I have my own reasons for wondering why people continue to do such risky things as live in places that can kill you, or minimally, destroy your property. It just seems like common sense to avoid doing so.

When I look at the Scriptures, God did command us to fill the earth and subdue it. However, in context this exhortation in Genesis 1 appears to refer to ruling over the animals, fish and birds.

I think commentator Matthew Henry hits one something when he discusses the following verses in Proverbs:

“Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.  It is not good to eat too much honey,  nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.  Like a city whose walls are broken through  is a person who lacks self-control.” (Proverbs 25:26-28)

Henry says in his interpretation:

Two things we must be graciously dead to:-1. To the pleasures of sense, for it is not good to eat much honey; though it pleases the taste, and, if eaten with moderation, is very wholesome, yet, if eaten to excess, it becomes nauseous, creates bile, and is the occasion of many diseases. It is true of all the delights of the children of men that they will surfeit, but never satisfy, and they are dangerous to those that allow themselves the liberal use of them. 2. To the praise of man. We must not be greedy of that any more than of pleasure, because, for men to search their own glory, to court applause and covet to make themselves popular, is not their glory, but their shame; every one will laugh at them for it; and the glory which is so courted is not glory when it is got, for it is really no true honour to a man.

Applying Henry’s comments to the folks who build nice homes in the California deserts and canyons, I would say there is something more at work than the benign desire for scenery. At heart is greed and the wish to follow the old American value of “keeping up with the Joneses”. Some of them end up losing their homes and having people like me shake their heads, even laugh at them.

In discussing verse 26 of this passage, Henry comments that it is “a very lamentable thing” for supposdly good men to submit to the evil desires of ungodly people.  I am sure there are government officials in California and in my friend’s land of Germany who become cowards and are corrupted in the face of greed.

Henry seeking out excellent things is an excess which we should not be troubled by. Presumably, he means that God will get glory from it.

However, he infers  that when men look into things beyond their ability to bear for their own selfish devices, then they will suffer harm.  Dr. Davis says that people who suffer natural disasters deal with the risks they place themselves in by thinking that nothing will happen to them or that they will deal with it when it does.

He emphasises educating and getting people prepared for the natural disasters that WILL occur in their lives. This stress is a little bit to me like handing out condoms to teenagers so when they have sex they won’t suffer the potential consequences of an unwanted pregnancy or disease.

What would be better is if we humans got more involved in abstinence. Refraining from risky behaviors is easier said than done.

The presentation slides from Dr. Davis discuss communication during incidents. They stress two way communication between the parties involved.

That’s a good idea. The Bible tells us that two-way communication with God is a good thing.

As believers, our response to God involves our trusting Him. His reply is one where He is present with us, protecting us from harm.

Of course, right motives and a little common sense when we consider risky behavior wouldn’t hurt either. These things are especially important when we make use of our wealth and tremendous technical know-how these days.

 

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 ” Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation (Isaiah 12:2).”

Life can be really confusing. It’s hard to know how to make sense of it.

What is confusion exactly? The Medicine Plus website says,”Confusion is the inability to think with your usual speed or clarity, including feeling disoriented and having difficulty paying attention, remembering, and making decisions.”

That great, not always reliable site, Wikipedia, says this of confusion:

“(Confusion) refers to loss of orientation (ability to place oneself correctly in the world by time, location, and/or personal identity sometimes accompanied by disordered consciousness and often memory (ability to correctly recall previous events or learn new material).”

Confusion is a symptom of underlying problems. Technically, the acute kind is called “delirium”, the adjective being “delirious. It is also a sign of dementia.

Frankly, it appears just about anything in this fallen world can cause confusion. The Wrong Diagnosis website lists 78 causes. Among them are anxiety, fatigue and stress. These words definitely describe today’s living.

Then there are the physical causes of confusion. These include disease,  body chemistry, and even lack of sleep.

Why all the rambling about confusion? It’s because these days I am  confused.

Trying to solve life’s’ problems is like trying to learn trigonometry. I know for sure I was never any good in math. That’s one reason I ended up as an English teacher.

There are a lot of people out there with advice, some good, some bad. I can use the Internet to try and figure things out.  Close friends can help me, also. In addition, my pastor is there to counsel me and help me sort things out. If need be, I can pay money and go to a professional and bare my soul.

Sometimes, though, there are no friends or counselors to be had. When this happens it can get awfully lonely. The confusion is exacerbated.

 The Psalmist knew this and he turned to the only Person he had left: he begged God for help.

       “O LORD, the God who saves me,
       day and night I cry out before you.

  May my prayer come before you;
       turn your ear to my cry.

  For my soul is full of trouble
       and my life draws near the grave. 

 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
       I am like a man without strength.

 I am set apart with the dead,
       like the slain who lie in the grave,
       whom you remember no more,
       who are cut off from your care.

 You have put me in the lowest pit,
       in the darkest depths.

Your wrath lies heavily upon me;
       you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. 
      

 You have taken from me my closest friends
       and have made me repulsive to them.
       I am confined and cannot escape;

my eyes are dim with grief.
       I call to you, O LORD, every day;
       I spread out my hands to you.

 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
       Do those who are dead rise up and praise you? 
      

Is your love declared in the grave,
       your faithfulness in Destruction ?

Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
       or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

  But I cry to you for help, O LORD;
       in the morning my prayer comes before you.

  Why, O LORD, do you reject me
       and hide your face from me?

  From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death;
       I have suffered your terrors and am in despair.

 Your wrath has swept over me;
       your terrors have destroyed me.

 All day long they surround me like a flood;
       they have completely engulfed me.

  You have taken my companions and loved ones from me;
       the darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 108).”

This morning the darkness WAS my closest friend. This is because the dark sky told me of  God’s presence. The Psalmist cried out to God for it because it was life to him. It is to me, also.

Any strong Christian knows the best way to communicate with the Lord is through the Bible. It is the infallible, inerrant source of all truth.

However, I have found that God gets my attention and tells me all is right with the world through His creation. This morning in the darkness I walked out and looked up. I say a clear sky and constellations. I knew God was there as I went off in my car.

The Psalmist had the same experience:

“O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!
       You have set your glory
       above the heavens.

 When I consider your heavens,
       the work of your fingers,
       the moon and the stars,
       which you have set in place,

 what is man that you are mindful of him,
       the son of man that you care for him (Psalm 8:1,3-4)?”

 In addition to His creation, I have learned that God likes to communicate with me through music. Many times He doesn’t do it through hymns or religious forms, but through pop music.

This morning as I sat in the coffee shop I was moved by different lyrics. For example, an old Temptations song spoke to me: 

 I’ve got sunshine
On a cloudy day.
When it’s cold outside,
I’ve got the month of May.

Well, I guess you’ll say
What can make me feel this way?
My Lord. (My Lordl, My Lord)
Talkin’ ’bout my Lord. (My Lord)

I’ve got so much honey
The bees envy me.
I’ve got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees.

Well, I guess you’ll say
What can make me feel this way?
My Lord. (My Lord, my Lord)
Talkin’ ’bout my Lord. (My Lord)

Ooooh, Hoooo.

Hey, hey, hey.
Hey, hey, hey.

I don’t need no money,
Fortune or fame.
I’ve got all the riches, baby,
One man can claim.

Well, I guess you’ll say
What can make me feel this way?
My Lord. (My Lord, my Lord)
Talkin’ ’bout my Lord. (My Lord)

Sure, I took some poetic license! It works for me, though, when I am lonelyand confused and need God to be there.

Shortly thereafter came the Bill Withers song “Lean on Me.”

“Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you don’t let show

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can’t carry
I’m right up the road
I’ll share your load
If you just call me

So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’d understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
Till I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on”

This song is reflective of the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. When I am lonely and confused, as I am now, these lyrics tell me I can call on my Friend and Brother Jesus and lean on Him.

Once Jesus rescued a woman in Israel who was about to be stoned for adultery. After all her accusers and enemies had left, there was just the woman and Jesus.

Jesus said to her,”Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin (John 8:10-11).”

Jesus was her only friend. He came through for her and set her on the right path.

When it comes to dealing with my own loneliness and confusion caused by this difficult life, I know there is one Person I can turn to. It is my Lord Jesus Christ, with whom I am developing more and more of a love relationship.

Like the woman caught in adultery, I have had to learn this the hard way.

Sam Cooke echoes my sentiments these days,

“Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the French I took

But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me too
What a wonderful world this would be

Don’t know much about geography
Don’t know much trigonometry
Don’t know much about algebra
Don’t know what a slide rule is for

But I do know that one and one is two
And if this one could be with you
What a wonderful world this would be

Now I don’t claim to be an “A” student
But I’m trying to be
So maybe by being an “A” student baby
I can win your love for me

Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the French I took

But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me too
What a wonderful world this would be

When loneliness and confusion comes,and you don’t have a friend,  it’s an awful place to be. Perhaps, though, God allows it to prove a point: He’s the only Friend we really need.

One wag said,”You’ll never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” Easy to say, harder to experience.

But as the old hymn says, it will be worth it all when we see Jesus face to face. I can’t wait until that day arrives. Maranatha!

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“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 display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice  goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other;  nothing is hidden from its heat (Psalm 19:1-6).”

I went out on an early morning walk, before sunrise, around the university campus near my home. As I sat on a swinging bench on a porch, I heard some loud chanting in the distance, in the dark.

Now, my first thought was somewhat negative. It was dark and my mental schematic thought of gangs and criminals. (I grew up in a big city.)

Then, I thought of God, how He could be calling. This idea has precedent in my mind. I walked into my office  last weekend and heard a voice –“Hello”. 

It was a colleague of mind trying to get some quiet time working by herself. She hadn’t expected a visitor. 

I couldn’t see her, but I could hear her. I jokingly said, “Yes, God.”

I knew this morning that it was probably the student Corp of Cadets. I had seen them earlier in the week marching near campus, holding up traffic.

My delay didn’t bother me, though. They are fun to watch, so I went in search of them this morning.

I figured they must be on the university mall, called The Drillfield. I found them out there, eventually. While I was in an adjacent chapel looking around, they came marching onto it.

It was quite a sight and cacaphony of sound. Several hundret cadets were out doing calistenics in the wee hours, and chanting. The chant was in honor of the university. The different units were perfectly synchronized in their counting, and in their chanting.

Had I been walking in Jerusalem on the day Jesus was held before a mob, I would have also heard a chant. I would have heard a huge crowd chanting, “Crucify Him! Crucufy Him!”.

The local government representative, a Roman named Pontius Pilate, saw nothing in Jesus to warrant such a penalty. However, the mob was out for blood, and kept chanting.

This mob told Pilate that this man had proclaimed Himself to be the Son of God, and they thought it blasphemy. This scared the bejeebers out of Pilate, who was probably a superstitious Roman with a large pantheon of gods.

Thus, Pilate asked Jesus, “Where do you come from?”  Jesus didn’t answer, so Pilate said,”Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the power to free you or crucify you ?” Jesus replied, “You would have no power over Me if it were not given to you from above (John 19:10,11).”

Pilate was in a pickle. The crowd was persistent.  John writes,”From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, ‘If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar (John 19:12a). ”

Pilate had to determine who had the authority. Was it the mob, who could cause him a lot of problems with his earthly king, or Jesus, who claimed to be his true Lord?

Pilate’s choice in favor of the crowd has gone down in history. His name represents weakness and worldliness to millions of Christians.

My wife’s father used to use the phrase “if you do not do so and so, you will not be the friend of Ceasar” when he wanted obedience from his kids. In his family, he was Ceasar. The kids knew he had authority to reward or punish.

Jesus has even greater authority. He is Lord of heaven an earth, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When He calls, we ought to follow Him over any worldly governance, if we are faced with the kind of choice Pilate encountered (Revelation 17:14).

Pilate had no excuse. He made the wrong choice.

Had Pilate looked up, He would have seen the sun. Had he been listening, he would have heard it speaking to him that there was a God with greater glory than his earthly king, one whom he should listen to and obey.

I couldn’t help but hear the Corp of Cadets this morning. Their several hundred voices resounded throughout my community.

The only way I could not have heard them is if I had a physical impairment which kept me from doing so, or I had purposely closed my ears.

The heavens are there. We can see them. Even if we have a physical problem which prevents that, we can feel the warmth of the sun. We still know it’s there.

God is speaking all the time. He doesn’t seem to speak very loudly with His own voice (I Kings 19:11-12), but it’s in our hearts. And His creation is shouting.

However, we humans have great skill in trying to gag God. Joni Mitchell wrote a song after seeing what mankind had done to His creation in the beautiful island of Hawaii:

I wrote ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart… this blight on paradise. That’s when I sat down and wrote the song.

Joni wrote these lyrics:

“They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away the D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard my screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.”

We humans keep wanting to put be the authority. We put God in a big yellow taxi, or police car, and send Him away.

Every day, though, He keeps coming back. His creation doesn’t go away. Neither does His still small voice.

One day, though, we might individually send Jesus away and He won’t come back. He’ll accede to our wishes.

On that day, we will have truly paved paradise and put up a parking lot, and we’ll regret it. God will be gone.

However, it doesn’t have to happen. We can listen to God through His nature and His voice.

If we do, we might not he a friend of Ceasar, but we will be His, forever. Now that will be Paradise. 

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“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens…  When I consider your heavens,  the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him (Psalm 8:1,3-4)?”

Last night I was waiting for our family movie to be inserted in the machine, so I just killed some time by watching the Science channel.  I am not a scientist, and I am all thumbs when it comes to technology. Still, those fields fascinate me.

I have been teaching engineering and science students for  years. I’ve read some interesting papers and heard some presentations in which I marveled at the information .

The program I watched last night had to do with the space race in the 50s and 60s between America and the Soviet Union. At one point, the Russians were winning the race big time. They sent up the first satellite around the earth, sent the first probe to the moon, and put the first man in space.

Then, here came the Americans.  We sent several manned missions to the moon with the Apollo program.  The TV show I was watching focused a lot on the geology study we did of the moon. 

The scientists and astronauts they portrayed looked like kids in a candy store opening a jar.  Each new discovery sent them into a tizzy. They were excited, for example. when the geologist on the last mission found orange volcanic dust.

I can understand their excitement. I love looking at pictures from space telescopes such as the Hubble. Just this week some other telescope’s photos, focusing on giant stars, were published. They were beautiful.

I can imagine that the Israelites marveled every day and night when they saw the atmospheric body God was guiding them with in the desert after they left Egypt.   In the daytime it was a cloud. At night, it was fire.

I bet it was gorgeous. After all, it represented God, who is beautiful.

I admire scientists, and I think God does, too.  He said it is too man’s glory to search out His secrets (Proverbs 25:2).

If good news from a far away land is like cold water to a thirsty man, then the discoveries  of these men and women from the deep earth and the high skies of the universe must be really refreshing. They reveal the greatness and the love of God.

The lyrics of a well-known hymn describe the height and depth, and the love, of God these scientists get the privilege of investigating.

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current
Of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to
Thy glorious rest above!

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth
never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones,
died to call them all His own
how for them He intercedeth, watcheth
o’er them from the throne!

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus,
‘Tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!

It’s getting dark. I think I’ll go outside.

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