When NASA astronaut Mike Massimino first looked at Earth from outer space, he asked, “How can something so beautiful be tolerated by human eyes?”
We’ve been sending people past Earth’s atmosphere for just over 60 years now. Every single time, the reaction has been awe. Astronauts call this sensation the “overview effect.” Something within the human heart reacts to the beauty, size, and overall scope of Creation with a sense of awe. The fact that God made us to respond that way ought to tell us something profound.
Jesus said that “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son.” We often talk about how much God loves us, but God loves the rest of His creation, too. He put His image bearers here to care for it, and by restoring us, He restores our work in the world, as well. At the end of time there will be, He promised, a new heavens and a new earth.
We should marvel at the created world, especially in times of chaos and evil. As we gaze upon Creation, we get a peek into the heart of the God who created and loves it all.
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