The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(For Gus, Ed, and Roger)
The 1960's and 70's Apollo space program accomplished remarkable feats, including sending 24 men to the moon and back. The effort and sacrifice required to overcome the gravity of the earth and journey to the moon and back serves as a tribute to goal setting, planning, hard work, perseverance, blood, sweat, and the determination to achieve the seemingly impossible. As one commentator said, "Based on the knowledge and technology of the times, we had no business going to the moon. But somehow we did."
The reason for the space program's success? All of the aforementioned applications provide answers to the question. However, a greater answer involves a greater Participant in the program.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard" (Psalm 19:1-3).
"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9).
Human beings used the materials and the laws made by God to journey into space and to the moon. Preexisting realities made possible the new reality of flight beyond our own atmosphere. Consider the basic necessity of aim. Without the wonder of mathematics that made possible mapping the course to the target of the moon, NASA would not even have considered sending men there. Algebra, geometry, and calculus, all eternal realities in the mind of God, found their way to humanity through Archimedes, the father of mathematics. Countless others have also discovered and communicated the truth that we live in a mathematically ordered creation that makes possible all technology, from the simplest to the most complex. Indeed, even many unbelieving materialists acknowledge that mathematics seems to somehow exist as a reality we did not create, but rather that we found waiting for our minds and our hands. Certainly. God made mathematics, and He made all the laws and principles whereby we harness the materials of the universe also made by Him. "He is before all things, and by Him all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).
We do well to appreciate and admire the hundreds of thousands of people who worked in the Apollo space program that performed a miracle we "had no business" attempting, but "somehow" accomplished. God provided the somehow. As He does all our "somehows" in an existence wherein two realities govern our doings:
"Without Me, ye can do nothing" (John 15:5).
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).
In a lifetime of doings, and an eternity that will exponentially expand our potential for feats of mind, heart, and hand, human beings redeemed by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ will be the primary means by which God continues to do "wonders without number" (Job 9:10). We will eternally do so very much. However, we will do all by preexisting realities of substance, principle, and law that have always existed in the mind of God, and which will come forth unto us, within us, and through us. Yes, men walked on the moon made by the Lord, a journey of wonder made possible by using the realities that sent them on their unlikely voyage.
"In Him we live and move and have our being."
Weekly Memory Verse
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.