It was another beautiful, peaceful morning in space. Commander Frank L. Culbertson was one of three astronauts in the space station Expedition. The other two were Russians. Suddenly an unbelievable report came through the radio. They looked out the window and this is what they saw:
-Photo by NASA
Here is Culbertson’s take on the seeing the results of 911 from his unique perch:
It’s horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point. The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting to the psyche, no matter who you are.
People often think of God as high in the heavens looking down on the earth. I guess that’s the case even though I think He’s also inside every molecule looking out.
But here’s my question. From God’s unique vantage point, do you think this scene was “jolting to God’s psyche?”
Before you answer, read this quote from both Isaiah 40:21-31 and The Lord:
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these?
He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power not one is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.