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September 12, 2013

He’s got the whole world in his hands

MERIDIAN — Our round world hangs in space. Although two-thirds of the planet is water, not one drop spills out of the oceans!  

     Author Mary Glynn Peeples wrote a story about her husband, a young dentist, who was struggling with a new dental practice. Because responsibility for his family weighed so heavily on his mind, he couldn’t sleep at night. One morning, he picked up the newspaper from his driveway and saw a photograph, the first photo ever taken by an astronaut in outer space. As he studied the color picture of the universe, the blue of the oceans stood out. He exclaimed: “God can sustain the universe with every drop of water in place. My office is so small you can’t see it on this picture. Surely God can handle it!” That day, Dr. Sam Peeples released the worries of his life into the Hands of God.

      When the first astronauts explored space, many of them gained a new reality of the Higher Power. As John Glenn observed the heavens and earth from the windows of the space ship Discovery, he exclaimed: “To look out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible.”

      Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first astronauts to land on the moon. Buzz Aldrin took a Bible, a silver chalice, and sacramental bread and wine on his trip into space. There on the moon, his first act was to celebrate communion.

     As Frank Borman traveled beyond the earth’s orbit, looking down on the earth from 250,000 miles away, he radioed back a message, quoting Genesis One: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” He later explained, “I had an enormous feeling that there had to be a power greater than any of us—that there was a God, and that there was indeed a beginning.”

     James Irwin walked on the moon in 1971, and later he became an evangelical minister. He often described the Lunar Mission as a revelation. He said, “I felt the power of God as I’d never felt it before.”

     As I struggle with the details of my life and worry about the fearful events in our world today, I must look up at the moon and stars and remember what the astronauts saw--the universe suspended in space, with all that blue water held within the boundaries of God’s design. Then I will remember that He has not left us alone to fend for ourselves.        

      Our prayers make a pathway to the highest heaven, connecting us to the One Who holds the world in His Hands. God sees and hears the prayers of people who submit their lives to Him. When we cry out, “Dear God, please heal our troubled world,” He will not ignore our pleas.

“The heavens call to you, and circle around you, displaying to you their eternal splendors, and your eye gazes only to earth.” –Dante

    

     Contact Virginia Dawkins at jtdawk06@aol.com.

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