In an amazing feat of technical engineering, NASA has landed a new rover on the planet Mars. In a space of 7 minutes the rover went from 125,000 mph to walking speed allowing the vehicle to land safely in a crater that is suspected to have once held a giant lake billions of years ago.
One of the aims of the mission is to discover whether life once existed on Mars, thus answering the question: are we really alone in the universe?
An ancient prophet once asked the same question. "Look at the night skies” he asked, "Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name—so magnificent! so powerful!—and never overlooks a single one?” Isaiah 40:26 MSG paraphrase
For this prophet, the question is answered by the majesty and beauty of the universe. While we are just beginning to explore Earth’s nearest planetary neighbour, it is hard not to think of the wonders that the other planets in our solar system contain—the beauty that is out there in the countless stars and planets beyond our solar system, the galaxies that remain yet unseen, but are yet to delight us.
The universe reminds us that we are not alone. We are part of something bigger, something wonderful, something amazing. So as we gaze up at the night sky, let us join with the prophet in asking this most important question:
“Who do you think made all this?”
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