Thank You, Father, for Pluto
July 17, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner wins an award for courage from a sports TV station.
Planned Parenthood sells aborted "parts" for financial gain.
A shooter goes crazy at a military site less than 3 hours from where I sit.
Another shooter - this one a movie goer in Colorado - gets convicted of murder.
And still another - one who interrupted a prayer meeting - goes to trial.
All of this over the past 3 days here in the good ole U.S.A.
I am amazed by all of these and have much on my heart about the desperate need of the church to champion the Gospel. But something - along similar lines - has struck me about what hasn't gotten the media's attention. I don't blame the media, necessarily. Other "stuff" has surfaced demanding the headlines. I get it. The things that happened this week could have never been planned or predicted. . . except one. One major news story emerged this week that was actually planned before two of my children were even born.
The things that happened this week could have never been planned or predicted. . . except one.
On January 19th, 2006, NASA launched a contraption (a probe called "New Horizons") into space, programmed to travel over 3 billion miles. To give you a perspective (though, admittedly, it doesn't help much) this NASA probe "flew" for over 9 years, traveling at a speed over 52,000 miles an hour to approach its destination. That's over 82,000 hours of travel time, traveling at over 52,000 miles an hour. Why? To get a better perspective of the planet Pluto. And they were successful. Nine and a half years ago, NASA planned for this space probe to approach Pluto this week in effort to give us some pictures of this mysterious planet. And they did it.
Here's a question for you: Why was NASA successful? Why were they able to predict this?
Because we have a God who controls all things, rules all things, and holds all things by the word of His power. He has ordained the laws of science and physics and space to be a pointer to His faithfulness, His consistency, His glory, His majesty, and His rock-solid and everlasting stability.
15 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominionsor rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things,and by Him all things hold together.18 He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning,the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross—whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:15-29)
Don't miss this. While so many disturbing things were happening this week, in the background was a reminder of - not only Who is in control of all things - but that all things point to our desperate need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. NASA was able to predict where to send their probe because God is constant and faithful and never changing. We are able to see images of Pluto this week to point us to the One who created Pluto and God's determined plan to reconcile everything to Himself through the blood of His cross.
Caitlyn Jenner won't be helped by the acclaim of society. Caitlyn Jenner needs to embrace the love of an ever-constant Father who sent His Son for confused sinners.
Planned Parenthood doesn't need our stones. They need to see the love of the Father in the Gospel - the One who saw to it that His Son was killed so that we - and all who believe - can have life.
Shooters in Chattanooga and South Carolina and Colorado don't need our shame. They need to know they can take their shame to the One who bore it for them.
Families of the murdered victims don't need our tweets and texts. They need our prayers to the One who is powerful enough to control Pluto - and Who was perfectly content with us knowing nothing about the planet for billions of years.
For all of us - what we need is to bask in the faithfulness of God; the beauty of God; the majesty of God and not fret over the circumstances in the world. Not only does He have it in His hands - but He's coming to restore all things, making them all new, when His Son returns to make all things right again.
Thank You, Father, for Pluto.