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Coronet - A Star-Formation Neighbor

1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…14Then God said, “Let great lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them mark off the seasons, days, and years…16God made two great lights, the sun and the moon—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:1,14, 16-18 (NLT)

When I read this passage, I think of creation as a completed act. Yet there is nothing in Scripture that says God stopped creating, and if we look at the nature of our Creator…we see that is very nature is to create! (Uh, duh! Sometimes I’m not really as smart as I look!) He created nature (and people) to re-create, building His creative nature into all that He created. There’s certainly a spiritual lesson in that – we’re to go to “go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19, NLT)

This is an image from space that is one of the “most active regions of ongoing star formation.” Ongoing star formation – the stars are reproducing. Maybe you knew that, but didn’t.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
Psalm 19:1 (NLT)

Amen.

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Image Credit: NASA/CXC/JPL-Caltech/CfA

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I did two foolish things yesterday. And I am praising God for His awesome protection. First, I decided to run on the treadmill without wearing the safety clip. The safety clip triggers an automatic shut-off if the runner moves too far from the controls – in other words, if he or she falls off the treadmill. My second foolish act (within a period of less than five minutes) was to close my itching eyes and rub them while running.

That’s when I fell off the treadmill, which of course didn’t stop treading (or is it milling?).

Our treadmill is in a very enclosed space, so all I could think about was rolling into the small space beside the treadmill to get away from the moving belt. My knee was a bit wrenched and my foot (which I’ve broken twice) was hurting. I immediately thought of all the things I having coming up over the next few weeks and how I really didn’t want to have to do them on crutches. Then my spirit kicked in and instead of staying in the place of expecting the worst, I remembered that God is able. There has been a verifiable miraculous healing in our community recently – a woman with two broken feet was healed by the power of our miracle working God after the breaks were confirmed by x-rays taken at the ER but before her appointment with an orthopedic. There have been other incidents where it is clear that God has intervened. I remembered those incidents and I asked God to restore any damage that might have been done to my knee and foot.

Then I waited for a few minutes for the pain to subside. I began to think that if I didn’t walk a bit my muscles would stiffen up – leaving my wrenched knee wrenched. I felt like I needed to walk it out and trust that my foot would be fine. No, I didn’t have a specific word from the Lord that I should do so, but I did have a strong sense that I shouldn’t lay there  (even though my husband would have found me very soon). So I very cautiously stood up and began to walk. And God, in His graciousness, either healed me or protected me from injury. Hallelujah! I’ll take either.

This evening I’m sitting here looking at the space between the end of our treadmill and the wall and I can’t explain how my foot didn’t get trapped there and then twist to the point of breaking. The other two times I broke my foot, it was a relatively minor twist that caused the break. But yesterday, God protected me. He is so good.

So today I want to publicly praise God for two things – (1) that I so quickly changed from expecting the worst to remembering God’s goodness, and (2) for His healing and protection when I fell. I have been praying about and working on not expecting bad outcomes. I serve a God who lavishes His gifts upon us and who fights my battles for me. I want to expect good outcomes when I get hit with life. Well, I got hit with life yesterday (due to my own foolishness) and I quickly moved from expecting the worst to trusting God for the best. Thank You, Lord, for continually conforming me to Your image. I’m not there yet, but I’m so glad, so thankful, that You keep me moving in the right direction. And thank You, Lord, for your tremendous, awesome power to protect us even from our own foolishness. (How did I ever think I could close and rub my eyes while running on a treadmill?) Thanks for keeping me from harm and healing all injury that occurred except the slightest soreness in my foot. I think perhaps if my foot weren’t slightly sore, I wouldn’t remember to be thankful so often today.

Friends, I hope you weren’t as foolish as me yesterday and that it didn’t take falling off the treadmill to remind you of God’s awesome goodness. Let’s praise Him in all things – because whether we’ve fallen off a treadmill recently or not – (1) He is working to conform us to the image of Christ and (2) He is protecting and healing us 24/7. What an awesome God we serve!

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13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”
Psalm 139:13-14a

I missed blogging on Wonders of God Wednesday last week because I spent the day at the hospital with a friend whose husband was having a heart valve transplant. So I did just a little research on the heart.

Did you know that an average heart beats about 115,000 times per day! That’s more than 42 million times in one year! My mom turned 80 years old this year; that means her heart has beat more than 3 billion times since she was born! And not one of those times did she consciously try to make her heart beat. Her brain just sent the signal to her heart muscle over and over again…115,000 times each day…more than 3 billion times in her life.

As our heart beats, it sends blood through our body in an amazing system of arteries, veins and capillaries. If you laid out all the blood vessels in your body (don’t do this at home, folks) they would be 60,000 miles long. That’s long enough to go around the world more than twice!

We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank You, Lord!

Here’s a short video. It’s a little boring…but it’s only a minute and a half long, and it lets you see what I’ve just described.

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NASA calls this image Chaos in the Heart of Orion. I call it beautiful.
To learn more about this image, visit NASAs Image of the Day Gallery.

 

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Wonders of God - Blue Straggler Stars in Globular Cluster M53Welcome to the first “Wonders of God Wednesday”! On Wednesdays, I will provide images of the amazing, awe-inspiring world God has created. Let them sweep you away in wonder at the glorious Creator of the Universe who reaches down and loves you with an everlasting love.

He counts the stars and calls them all by name.
Psalm 147:4 (NLT)

I bet God’s names for these stars are way better than man’s name! Globular Cluster M53 has more than 250,000 stars! How immense is our God? There is no one like our God!

This is a NASA photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. For more about this image, click here.

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