I watched in amazement today as Felix Baumgartner leaped from a capsule attached to a helium balloon 128,000 feet above the earth with nothing but a space suit, parachute, and a tremendous amount of courage. (Here is a link to the story.) Watching him fall from the capsule was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The picture above, taken just moments before he leaped, has got to be the coolest picture taken this year. Seconds before he jumped, Felix said, “Sometimes you have to go high to see how small you are.”
I don’t know if Mr. Baumgartner is a believer or not, but I can’t see how anyone could stand where he stood and see what he saw without believing in an Almighty Creator. I don’t see how anyone could risk their life if they did not believe there was more to life than this life.
As I watched the live stream of him jumping and falling and parachuting and landing on his feet and walking away, I could not help but think of a couple of passages of Scripture. Here are those verses with short commentary on why I thought of them:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” (Genesis 1:1).
How can you not stand on the edge of space and not understand there had to be a Creator? To me, Genesis 1:1 is the most important verse in all the Bible. Accept it as Truth, and everything else makes sense.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; they skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go to the heavens you are there” (Psalm 139:7-8).
There is no where in the universe you could travel and not find God.
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (1 Corinthians 1:25).
While watching the “mission to the edge of space,” I could not help but be amazed at the ingenuity, creativity, and courage of the human being. Where does all of that come from? I believe the reason humans can keep pressing further and further, coming up with greater and greater technology, is because all humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). However, within us is not just incredible capacity for good, but also incredible capacity for evil. If accomplishments like today’s causes humans to become proud, our end will be the same as those who constructed the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11). If, on the other hand, we use our God given ability for good, we could solve our huge problems of war, famine, disease, and poverty. The choice is ours. But no matter how great we think we are, are greatness is foolishness compared to the greatness of God.
One last verse:
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).