Remarkably, it was fifty years ago this week that Americans landed the men of the Apollo 11 mission on the moon. I remember getting up close to our old tube-type television with the black and white picture on a twelve inch screen, and listening to Walter Cronkite reporting on the historic event.
But previous to that, in 1968, the Apollo 8 mission orbited the moon. In one of their radio transmissions all three astronauts took turns reading from a KJV Bible the first chapter of Genesis of God’s creation of the earth. As they read, they filmed the “earthrise” since from their perspective, that was what was occurring.
In the subsequent trips to the moon over those next few years the shots of our earth from space helped us realize the fact that God’s Creation is more vast than any human imagination could conceive.
There were predictions then for fifty years into the future – there were to be colonies on the moon and men on Mars. Well…not so much. Man’s prophets of our times aren’t so good as God’s prophets of old. A survey of High School age youth was up on the news feeds last week, saying young people are far less interested in becoming astronauts than in becoming YouTube stars.
As for us, we can be content as Christians to save our space travel till the return of the Lord in the clouds and our being caught up together with Him. No need for a NASA or SpaceX rocket then!