Considering my pride, idolatry, and the ridiculous cheap imitations of glory we humans pursue and accept.
Today the Dragon Crew space capsule is coming back home; I’m now watching the live broadcast about it. On one side of the screen we can see Space X mission control: it’s a room with a lot of flat screen monitors and a gazillion geeks.
Behind them, hanging above the main hall, there is the first Dragon capsule they sent up and back, successfully. They are also adding extra images to the live feed: Predator, Alien Queen, etc.
It’s all interesting. Amazing, really.
But never like living a life that adorns the doctrines of grace, no matter what kind of job we actually do in this life. Space exploration used to be my happy place, the place I’d rather be when things in ministry became hard… until I realize ministry was always hard. Over the years the LORD has given me an increased desire for Him, a desire that has overcome my need for that happy place. He has set my pride and idolatry – because that is exactly what it was – in check and under control. I still struggle, but is not the same; He is winning.
I am sadden, however, by how persistent we are in not realizing that our human endeavors are not an end in themselves. We get caught in what this life has to offer (Space travel, theology, school, reading, politics, etc.) forgetting about glory and being satisfied with this cheap imitations.
It is His glory that defines this life, that give this life its weight. It’s not on the other way around.
May He continue to work in me so that I may understand, believe in, and live according to this truth.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.