NASA Releases a Spectacular Earthrise Image Captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Reminds me of Job 26:7, "He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing."
We live on a beautiful planet. We're a generation that has been blessed to see actual photos of other planets from the space Voyager missions and the Hubble telescope. Though other planets such as Mars have a stark beauty, none have the lush, eye-pleasing beauty that Earth does.
Have you ever considered the creation verse in Genesis 2?
And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. (Genesis 2:9)
Beauty was mentioned before utility. It was beautiful, and by the way, it was also food. God could have made this and all the planets black and white. But He didn't. God as Creator is an engineer, creating animals and humans with deft precision. He is also an artist, creating things that are not only functional, but beautiful.
After the Flood, when there were only 8 people remaining who remembered what Earth looked like before. He could have remade things as utilitarian only. But once again, the earth sprung up with beautiful sights to behold. And fast, too. Consider this verse from Genesis 8:9-11,
But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.
Waters had been on the earth for 278 days. For at least 128 days, the earth and all its life had been entirely submerged. According to the verse though, between the time the dove found no place to put her foot and when she returned with a fresh leaf, was only 7 days.
The LORD made a full grown tree with a full grown leaf in that time! He is amazing. I bet the leaf was pretty, too.
God's artistry is evident in viewing photos of galaxies, flowers, shells, landforms such as the Grand Canyon. Though the earth's ground has been cursed and it is polluted with sin, which is the root cause of all natural disasters, cataclysms, and destruction, it is still beautiful. So just imagine the beauty of the dazzling New Jerusalem! And His abode, heaven. Paul said it is inexpressible, and John groped for words. I can't wait to see God's full artistry on display through glorified eyes. And we shall behold Him, the most beautiful of all, Jesus Christ.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15)
Did the Flood last 40 days and 40 nights?