DOES THIS PLANET MAKE ME LOOK FAT?

Selfie from space

Astronaut Mike Hopkins tweeted out this photo taken while he was on a Dec. 24, 2013 spacewalk. Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, participated in the second of two spacewalks designed to allow the crew to change out a degraded pump module on the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. NASA said he was joined on both spacewalks by astronaut Rick Mastracchio, whose image appears in Hopkins’ helmet visor. (NASA) *

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Hello readers,

A friend of mine sent me this pic recently, and although I think it’s pretty cool, I had to laugh a little and think:

“This guy is surrounded by all of God’s vast and wondrous creation, and all he can take a picture of is himself?”

Funny if you think about it, but kind of ironic, too.

Now I know I’m being facetious. It really isn’t that far-fetched to take a picture of yourself out in space. I mean, how often do we get a chance to do that? I’m sure I probably would, even without the super Earth photo-bomb.

I just found it to be such a great illustration of human nature:

 Man is the Center of his Universe

We tend to think it’s all about us…
Or act like it sometimes, anyway.

We sometimes tend to forget how small we really are, and yet God is still mindful of us. Listen to this from Psalm 103:11-15:

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame
he remembers that we are dust.

Agreed?
Now, for a little perspective:

Universe

Getting ready this morning, I happen to hear the great classic hymn “How Great Thou Art”, and I knew I needed to include in this post. It was one of my mom’s favorite hymns, she is with Jesus now, but I can still hear her singing it. Here’s one by Paul Baloche that I like a lot:

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
And when I think of God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

 * http://mashable.com/2013/12/27/nasa-selfie/

How amazing is it that God would come down to the speck of dust He created and die for you and I? What strikes you most about these images or lyrics?

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