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Freaky Photo from Space

April 9, 2009

This week while I was working out on a Precor Eliptical Crosstrainer at my local Gold’s Gym, Fox News flashed a photo on TV that grabbed my attention. NASA had captured an image of a ghostly looking giant hand out in space. Even though the following report explained that bright, spinning stars called pulsars and magnetic fields were thought to play a part in the unique image, it reminded me of what it says in Psalm 73:23, 24: “I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory” (NKJV).*

Most of my life I prayed like this: “Dear God, please be with . . .” and then I’d name my family members or friends, even myself. But while studying scriptures about God, I ran across a couple other verses that describe God’s omnipresence—His ability to be everywhere all the time. Hosea 11:9 says: “I am God, and not man, the Holy One in your midst” (NKJV). And Psalm 139:7 says: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” (NKJV). Those scriptures changed the way I think about God and the way I pray to Him. Now, instead of asking God to be with whomever I’m praying for, I thank Him for already being with them, and I ask God to help them feel His presence.

This week as you head to school, to work, and to church, thank God for being with you instead of asking Him to do something He’s already doing. You’ve probably heard the message “God is always with you” so much that you think it’s a cliché. It’s not. The NASA photo of the giant hand reminded me of that.

See the NASA photo I’m talking about and read more about it at,2933,512767,00.html.

*Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



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