1 Peter 5:6-7 (New King James Version)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
On December 18, 1999, a satellite named Terra was rocketed from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, into the heavens to take a good long look at the planet we live on. The "Terra" (formerly called EOS AM-1) satellite is the flagship of NASA’s Earth Science Missions. Terra was the first EOS (Earth Observing System) platform and provides global data on the state of the atmosphere, land, and oceans, as well as their interactions with solar radiation and with one another.*
Every morning Terra flies in a near-polar, sunsynchronous orbit that descends across the equator. She has been a witness to many events on the earth; just in 2010 alone she sent back pictures of the big feeze in Great Britian, the ash plume of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, the oil spill from the BP drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, tropical storm Megi in the Phillipines, and most recently the mid-December blizzard in Minnesota that collapsed the Minneapolis Metrodome roof.
It is when you see and image of earth like this that you realize just how small you are. Looking at this image of North America, can you imagine how tiny you are wherever you live? But you are still there; every morning as the satellite passes over head, in some way she is observing you as you go about your routine. It is humbling to think that what a satellite can do, our God in heaven can do on an even greater and grander scale. Not only is he seeing you, but everything in the universe that He has created.
With that in mind, now read the Bible verse from 1 Peter. When faced with the "awesomeness" of God, why would you act with anything other than humility. Yet the apostle Peter says that if you humble yourself before Him, He will exalt you, lift you up, "show you off as one of His" at the right time. Then we are told to leave everything to Him, because despite the fact that you are a tiny little spec in the picture, He cares for you!
Wow! Now if you will keep this in mind as you live through this year, it will surely give you the right perspective, and leave you feeling really special!
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 (New International Version, ©2010)
Photo from NASA's Terra Satellite; * additional facts can be found by following this link from nasa.gov