It was a clear night and totally perfect for viewing.
A friend had told me about an application for my cell phone that would inform me of visable passes of the International Space Station.
Being excited about possibly seeing it pass overhead, I went outside just a few moments before it was to appear.
Staring at the sky in the area that it was supposed to be coming from, I saw an airplane at first.
Then, I found it!
Gliding smoothly through the sky like a pearl dropping effortlessly through a container of oil, its bright white light traveled over a backdrop of darkness.
I hadn’t even thought about photographing it.
I did have my cell phone with me because I had wanted to refer to the application to learn exactly the time it was to come by my area.
Quickly, I took a photo of it with my phone.
Of course, the photograph did not turn out well, but I had to try.
Looking at it later, it actually looks like more than just a white dot in the sky.
Although it is terribly fuzzy, I can almost make out a shape within the area of light.
When the next pass happens, I’m going to be out with camera in hand, ready to see what I can do!
Besides the International Space Station, I know that there are many satellites that orbit the earth.
It is still amazing to consider how a satellite can transmit a sports event to various places around the globe as it is occurring.
Messages and images can reach people separated by great distances at the same moment.
Pondering this idea, I realize that God sometimes works in this way.
He may be preparing the heart of one person to hear a message from Him at the same time He is preparing the heart of another.
In the book of Acts, chapter 10, we find the account of the meeting of Cornelius and Peter.
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants.
Cornelius told these men everything and had them start on a journey to Joppa. Before the men could reach Peter, God sent a vision to Peter. Afterwards, God spoke to Peter as the men arrived at the house, telling him to go with them, because He has sent them.
God sent a vision to Cornelius about Peter.
He obeyed God’s instructions.
God sent a vision to Peter, preparing him to meet Cornelius.
He obeyed His instructions.
When I see God at work in my own life or in other’s lives in this way, it brings great joy to my heart.
It is a time when I realize God’s plan for that moment is coming together with divine direction—across the street, across the country or across the world.