"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened’.
The 12th of April 2021 will be a date that will go down in English history; it’s the day of the great unlock!! Millions of people will have access to shops and services that they haven’t had so far this year. However, 12th April marks another historical event. It will be 60 years since man first broke free from the confines of his home planet and completed one orbit of the earth. It was a gargantuan achievement by a young Russian Cosmonaut called Yuri Gagarin.
To fit in with atheistic propaganda, on his return to earth, Gagarin was deliberately misquoted as saying, "I looked and looked and looked, but I didn’t see God.”. However, Gagarin was a devout Christian, having been baptised in the Russian Orthodox church. What he actually said was, “An astronaut cannot be suspended in space and not have God in his mind and his heart.” Gagarin was the first of many Christian astronauts that would make the journey into space, travel beyond earth’s orbit and eventually walk on the moon.
Astronaut John Glen, one of America’s Mercury 7 astronauts, once proclaimed from orbit:
"To look out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is, to me, impossible.”
Astronaut Frank Borman, Apollo 8 commander, looked at the earth from 250,000 miles away and radioed back a message to earth, quoting Genesis: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” He later explained, “I had an enormous feeling that there had to be a power greater than any of us – that there was a God, that there was indeed a beginning.”
James Irwin of Apollo 15 was a backslidden Christian when he walked on the moon in 1971. He described the lunar mission as a revelation. He said “I felt the power of God as I’d never felt it before.” He later left NASA and became an evangelical minister and he devoted the rest of his life to "spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.”
You and I may never have the privilege of finding the awesome presence of God in space, but the prophet Jeremiah said:
"Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD”. (Jeremiah 29:12-1)
God’s heart beats with a longing for His children to seek Him and find Him right here on planet earth. Over the past year, we have been stripped of a multitude of opportunities to occupy or entertain ourselves and in its place we have been given ‘time’. Time to seek God to a depth many have perhaps never done before. However, there is a danger that as the world slowly attempts to move forward to regain its semblance of ‘normality', that you let go some of the intensity of seeking the face of God that you have known. There is a danger that you will allow some of the pre-Covid activities to once again take up a disproportionate amount of your time.
Don’t let that happen; make a commitment to hold on to what you have received. 'Call upon God’ frequently; seek Him, search for Him. There’s a spiritual universe out there that Jesus Christ wants you to explore with Him.
"We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God.” C H Spurgeon
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