Friday, August 9, 2013
It’s hard to see with the graphic so small, but there are pinpoints of light in the dark background. Light from objects much larger than our earth, and much, much farther away. On the dark side of the earth, there are lights, too, provided by a number of energy sources. Click on the graphic for a larger view.
Tuesday of this week our Second Tuesday group from church took a journey to Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant here in Texas. Huge towers stringing lines from one to another marched away from that facility, carrying something we can create, harness, utilize but not completely understand. Wind farms in west Texas send electricity through similar lines marching across our horizon toward the needy in the Metroplex. Other plants, natural gas, even coal-fired, do this around the world. Ships that ply the seas fuel electricity-generating power as the cross from one continent to another. Every thing we do is impacted by our connections to electricity.
This blog could not be written, posted or read, if it were not for electricity. We could not get to work, home or play without the energy sparking from electricity. We realize it could all stop – but we do not expect it do in our lifetime. We expect it to continue, as it has but growing to provide our needs. And, we don’t think about it very much at all. We are a world away from a world without electricity.
The world changes, though. Mountains form and are worn down. Shorelines ebb and flow as much as oceans tides do. Volcanoes pour lava adding land and explode dispersing it. We know this natural world changes, and we don’t think about it very much at all.
God has not changed. Man’s view of Him fluctuates as the tide, but God remains faithful and true. He has made and fulfilled promises. He is not confined by what I think about Him nor is He powerless because I lack faith. He remains as He is, was and will be.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 KJV) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3 KJV)
There is much to read between those two verses. Even more to get to the end of His book. You will find this phrase four times in two of the gospels:
Heaven and earth shall pass away: (Luke 21:33a KJV)
We are no more prepared for that than we are to live without electricity. The difference is, one will be a major inconvenience and some people will die, some survive. The other is a matter of eternal existence. Again, some people will die simply because they’ve never considered an eternal existence a reality.
Why not? Because it would entail making a specific decision regarding that existence – if there is an eternity, God has to exist. If God exists, we must think about who He is and what He desires. I’ve given that a good deal of thought and accept truth in Genesis 1:1 as well as John 1:1-3, along with:
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:7-8 KJV)