While out with friends, my youngest son made an impulse purchase.
As his buddies were getting snacks, something caught his eye–
a display of kites.
Looking through the various choices, he selected the one he wanted.
At sunset, he and his brother went out to the field to send it up into the sky.
I arrived soon after, followed by his dad.
Ever the family photographer, I was taking pictures of the kite as it lifted into the air.
At some point, I looked above me and saw a jet airplane.
The sun had already passed the horizon, but its rays were striking the plane with great intensity.
The trail was a yellow-orange color, streaking the sky.
As I began to take pictures of the plane, I realized that it was passing in view of a planet.
Venus was just becoming visible in the western sky.
Somewhow, the reality of what we have been allowed to accomplish appearing next to what God has created in His great power is illustrated by the visual proximity of the two objects.
He has permitted us to develop the technology necessary to transport people in a large tube with wings and fuel high in the atmosphere.
He is continually holding Earth and Venus in place, along with the entire creation—all that exists.
These words are found in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah:
“Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you."
—from Nehemiah 9:5-6