When Neil Armstrong died on the 25th August 2012, I was taken back in my memory to 1969 and what should have been an English lesson. Mr Millington, our English teacher, wheeled the big school TV into classroom and showed us the first moon landing.
The pictures flickered, were in black and white and of poor quality. The sound was crackly and uncertain. We watched as the moon grew larger on the screen.
Then there seemed to be a thud and all came to a standstill. The radio crackled… then we heard the first words from the moon’s surface.
‘Tranquility Base… The Eagle has landed.”
When I watch that video today I am moved by it – that men reached out and touched the moon. Creation never ceases so amaze me. The detailed smallness of it – the ants nest discovered when a paving slab is lifted; The beauty of it – when we walk in the Lake District and reach a mountaintop and take in the view; The largeness of it – when I look up into a clear starlit night sky.
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” – Psalms 8:3-4
The vastness and the detail of creation convinces me that we are not alone. Nature is not just some cosmic accident. God’s hand can be seen, if we are willing to consider the possibility.
St Paul said that we could even understand something of God’s attributes through nature.
“…what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…” – Romans 1:19-20
And when we are seeking an answer to prayer that doesn’t seem to be coming, sometimes we need to be still and consider the heavens and the work of his hands. And trust the One who made all things well.