Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
As humankind watched the liftoff of Apollo 11 on July 16th, 1969 they were mindful of the previous Apollo missions that had paved the way for this event through their own amazing accomplishments. Apollo 8, the mission that closed out 1968, provided its own noteworthy firsts. On that mission, astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first humans to travel beyond low earth orbit and the first to orbit the moon. They were humbled to be the first members of mankind to see the earth in its entirety.
As they orbited the moon on Christmas Eve 1968, they participated in the most watched television broadcast at that point in history. During that transmission they said the following: “We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send to you.” They then went on to read Genesis 1:1-10 out of the King James Bible.
Those three astronauts, with a vantage point unmatched at that point in human history, turned to the One whose vantage point is truly unmatched. From a perspective unrivaled by previous humankind, they turned to the One whose perspective is ultimately unrivaled. From a viewpoint that was breathtaking, they turned to the One who gave us breath. From a point of view that marveled at the entirety of earthly creation, they turned to the Creator of the heaven and the earth.
From our perch on this planet we may not have the perspective of the Apollo 8 astronauts, but we still have access to the One whose perspective is ultimately unrivaled. PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WOULD TURN TO THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH FOR TRUE PERSPECTIVE. We need it to guide our lives so that we can properly send His message to all of humankind.