From Glory to Glory
At the request of the late Carl Sagan, on February 14, 1990, NASA officials reversed the camera of the Voyager I spacecraft and snapped a few pictures of our solar system from 3.7 billion miles away. One haunting image stopped them in their tracks. Suspended in a beam of light was a tiny, pale blue image about the size of a speck of dust. That dot is a planet that we know well: Earth.
During a speech at Cornell University on October 14, 1994, Sagan eloquently said:
“We succeeded in taking that picture , and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.” (Wikapedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot)
Sagan’s comments are both profound and disturbing. So much striving, so much conflict, so much death–all for such a small place in the universe. But are we nothing more than minute creatures on an insignificant planet? Nature might speak that message, but the Creator of all things tells a different story. Each of us, wealthy or poor, popular or obscure, influential or seemingly insignificant, was created by God for a purpose beyond our small little sphere. To fully discover the meaning of our existence, however, we must learn to move beyond our individual pursuit for significance.
From Glory to Glory is a thought-provoking devotional that will open your eyes to your place in the universe. In doing so, it provides a Biblically-based understanding of how to align with God’s good design. Making the transition from pursuing fading human fame to eternal glory is no easy task, but it is so worth the effort. If you read this book, your perspective–and your life–will never be the same!
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