Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cosmic Battle in the Heavenlies

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This amazing picture is not from a science fiction movie, it was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on August 25, 2003. This picture is of several generations of stars amid curtains of clouds in a region called W5, about 6,500 light-years away. I am fascinated with photographs of microscopic or the telescopic that reveal a universe to us that is beyond our own ability to see! We cannot see this with our naked eye, but that does not mean that it does not exist. Until recently we did not have a way to even imagine such a picture! But, it also reminds me of a cosmic battle in the heavenlies, described in the Bible, which is also beyond our ability to see or even really comprehend. The Bible reveals times in which a certain person's eyes were opened to see the angelic hosts, but we are told that there is a place in the heavenlies where the armies of the LORD battle with the hosts of darkness. Seeing this picture makes one realize that we can never discount what our eyes cannot see!

1 comment:

prairiegirl said...

I love this picture, the colors blaze with portent. Col. 1:13-18 Jesus created all this and holds it all together. And He knows us by name. Today I was praying about being one of those little diatoms that we talked about so long ago, and yet He knows all the details of my life and cares about each detail. I am so thankful that He ever lives to make intercession for us. If He holds all things together, then it will all work out right!