Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

August 8, 2012

Man on the Moon

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I have previously shared with you my fascination for flying . . . and especially with space travel. (My First Trip into Space, www.lawsonjolly.com/2010/03/11)  For those privileged to walk on the moon, the reality goes beyond what any of us can imagine.

July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.  Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on the moon.  Oh, what an exciting moment for him, and for the world!  The world learned much and the world was attentive to findings because never had man encountered the moon directly.  The moon has always been a fascination to man.  The moon is the most inspirational heavenly body.  We even speak of the “man in the moon.”  We joke about the moon, that it affects the tide and the untied!  The very word we use, “lunatic” means “moon struck person.”  It goes back to ancient times when it was believed the mind was affected by the moon.  The Psalmist assured that God was a protector even from this ailment.  “The Lord watches over you and the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.”  (Psalm 121:5)

There have been 10 astronauts on five separate Apollo flights that have landed on and explored the moon.  One of these 10 was Jim Irwin.  Our family had the privilege to know him.  One of our treasures is an autographed photo of his being on the moon.  He signed it as he did autographs of books and prints, “With love from the moon. Jim.”  Jim was a committed Christian, and his perspective from the moon was unequalled.

He was the pilot for the Apollo 15 flight, the fourth lunar landing.  Jim was the eighth person to walk on the moon.  It is a historic photo as he saluted the American flag planted on the moon surface.  Jim spent later years searching for Noah’s Ark and sharing ministry with people around the world through his organization High Flight.

Jim died August, 1991, while hiking in Colorado.  But his legacy will live on.  I believe he will be remembered much more for his Christian commitment than as one of 10 men to have walked on the moon.  He shared something that has become indelible on my heart.  He spoke of looking at the earth from the moon.  “The earth was very small.  It was the size of a marble.  I thought if the earth is that small, how small am I?  Just a speck in the universe, but yet significant enough that God would love me and create me and love me enough to touch my life.”

What a message!  None of us are insignificant to God.  The very God that created the heavens and the earth, and placed the sun and moon in the heavens, knows each of us personally.  He knows where we are and what we need.  He is a mighty God.  And we don’t have to go to the moon to know Him.  Jim Irwin knew him long before that space journey.  That relationship with God sustained Jim though life, on the moon, and even through death.

Again, what a wonderful God we have!

“When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?  You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”  (Psalm 8:3-5)  “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  (2 Peter 1:3)  “For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.”  (Proverbs 8:35)

Lawson

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