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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 20, 2011 - Say Cheese

By Scott Harrup

On Nov. 12, 1980, Voyager 1 came within 77,000 miles of Saturn. The space probe’s cameras revealed a wealth of detail. Saturn’s rings seemed as numerous as the grooves in an LP from that era.

I was a teen living in Nairobi, Kenya, and a TIME cover photo of Saturn absolutely amazed me. When The Los Angeles Times featured space physicist Ed Stone recently, it brought back those memories.

Stone, at 75, has been leading the Voyager project for more than 30 years now, receiving and evaluating with a team of scientists the data from both Voyagers 1 and 2 as the space probes have journeyed through the solar system.

Stone probably takes pride in every groundbreaking image. And he can discern a deep significance behind each planetary glimpse, where my momentary glance as a non-astronomer creates awe but little else.

Each of us has a similar repository of knowledge tied to our own lives and experiences.

Think of a favorite family portrait. Perhaps it’s one of those studio shots where everyone looked their best. To anyone else, the photo presents a well-dressed, smiling ensemble. But when you look at the picture, you see a larger family history. You see beyond the fraction of a second captured on film.

If the photo goes back a few years, you may know that a marriage didn’t last or a loved one has succumbed to cancer. Memories don’t have to be negative, of course. You might also point out the smiling child who has graduated from college and landed a great job, or the awkward teen who now has a large and happy family of his or her own.

The mental history you access in connection with that picture far outstrips what any outsider can discern.

God’s eternal perspective renders my entire life an impossibly tiny blink of time, far quicker than any camera’s shutter. But He sees His eternal purposes reflected in that blink. And when He brings His eternity to bear on my finite existence, some amazing things can happen.

“From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you” (Psalm 71:6, NIV).

Have you discovered God’s loving influence in your own life?

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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