Prayer Thought: Why Pluto Matters

Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface and released on July 14, 2015. More than nine years after its launch, the U.S. spacecraft sailed past Pluto on Tuesday, capping a 3 billion mile (4.88 billion km) journey to the solar system’s farthest reaches, NASA said. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14. The color image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument that was acquired earlier on July 13. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the "heart" which measures approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across. The heart borders darker equatorial terrains, and the mottled terrain to its east (right) are complex. However, even at this resolution, much of the heart's interior appears remarkably featureless - possibly a sign of ongoing geologic processes.     REUTERS/NASA/APL/SwRI/Handout  ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14.

This is a historic day because this morning NASA took its closest images (to hopefully be seen tonight) from Pluto.  As you can see from my blog, I love this stuff!  I love this stuff because the universe is almost as big as God and it’s almost as mysterious as God.

As coincidence is, I was reading Isaiah 40 today.  I ran across this:  “To whom will you compare me?  Or who is my equal? says the Holy One.  Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:  Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.  Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing” (vv. 25-26).

Pluto matters because it’s part of our Lord’s playground we call the universe.  And the universe as a whole matters because it’s God’s creation that is beyond our imagination.  Our God is no small god who can fit within the limitations of our minds.  Our God is an awesome One who reigns in glory.  “Lord, You are awesome, the One who gives me breadth.”  It’s no wonder Isaiah 40 ends like this: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (v. 31).

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