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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. ...




Safe at Home

By Christina Quick
Oct. 31, 2010

What's the safest place in the universe? Our own planet Earth, of course! Sure, there are dangers in our world — things like volcanoes, avalanches, venomous snakes and people who don’t obey traffic laws. But even with these dangers, God has given us a really great home.

Think about it. Could you find a safer, more comfortable place anywhere in the universe?

How would you like to live on Mercury? You’d better take an air conditioner — and a coat! Of the planets in our solar system, little Mercury is closest to the sun. Temperatures during the day reach a scorching 840 degrees Fahrenheit. But because there is no atmosphere, the heat is lost quickly. Night temperatures can plunge to a frigid 275 degrees below zero.

Maybe you’d prefer Venus, a neighboring planet. Venus is sometimes called Earth’s twin planet because they’re about the same size. But there are many differences between Earth and Venus. From outer space, Earth looks like a shining blue and white marble. It has the water and oxygen that animals and people need to survive. Venus looks yellow and cloudy. It is covered with poisonous gases that would choke out visiting life.

Beyond our solar system lies a vast universe of stars and galaxies. But astronomers have yet to find another place where people and living things could survive. Outer space is dangerous, harsh and hostile. It is filled with flying chunks of ice and rocks, deadly poisons and harmful radiation. There are black holes that suck up everything in sight like big cosmic vacuum cleaners. Then there are temperature extremes that would make the Sahara Desert and Antarctica seem mild.

So what’s different about this blue marble we call home? What makes Earth so special? God placed Earth in just the right place in the solar system, and He tilted it at just the right angle. That way, we’re not too close or too far from the sun. He gives us water to drink and oxygen to breathe. He surrounds us with an atmosphere that’s like a protective blanket. It keeps our world from getting too hot or too cold. It forms clouds to give us rain. It keeps out harsh radiation and burns up most of the flying space debris before it gets too close.

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3,4).

God cares for us because He loves us so much. Not only has He given us an amazing home on Earth, He sent His Son to die for our sins so we can have an eternal home with Him. God is preparing a place for us that will be even better than this Earth — a home where there will be no danger, pain, sickness or sadness.

 

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