Man sets foot on the surface of the moon! Apollo 11, July 20, 1969.
Twenty-one years old, along with 94% of Americans, I watched on black & white TV, Neil Armstrong stepping onto lunar soil. "One small step for man, One giant leap for Mankind." Before that, because it was Sunday when they landed, Buzz Aldrin brought along communion. The first thing eaten on the moon was the Lords' Supper!
Fascinated at what America had achieved then, even more today, I was amazed at the awesomeness of the Creator we witnessed. In a breathtaking view, even through grainy in the pictures, I saw the handiwork of our God from space. Psalms 19:1
We just celebrated the Apollo Space Program's 50th anniversary and I couldn't help but compare the program if it were happening today.
When the astronauts left earth they were bid "God's speed" from Ground Control and the first humans orbited the moon on Dec. 24, 1968 in Apollo 8. Emerging from behind the moon, the men observed an "Earth-rise". For the first time we saw our world as God might view it. That provoked them to read from Genesis 1 to the souls back "on the good Earth". I remember crying as I heard the Word from space on Christmas eve. And when the last manned Lunar exploration left Lunar orbit (Apollo 17), Astronaut Gene Cernan stated..."God willing"... man would return.
I wonder what they would read today? What would an astronaut say today while circling or landing on the moon, or on Mars, or some other celestial body? I wonder would God be honored at all if these events were to happen today?
I believe we had a successful space program because God was included, credited and honored in these accomplishments of men. Pray that we never forget to show our honor, amazement and awe for the true wonder of creation - our God!
Psalms 8: 3-4!