Thursday, March 8, 2007

the peoplesphere

The sky above is divided into thick layers, that make up the atmosphere.  Most of the air and weather is held by the closest layer above the earth, called the troposphere.  It extends about 10 miles above the surface.  There are three other layers (stratosphere, mesosphere and thermosphere) that extend out to about 400 miles.  Each layer has important roles in shielding us from the harshness of space and providing conditions for us to breathe and live.  Of course, the earth has layers below the surface too (like crust, mantle and core).  But I have been thinking about a very thin layer just above the earth's surface.  In this layer lie almost all of our daily stresses and problems.  I call it the "peoplesphere" and it only goes from about the earth's surface up to 8 feet above the surface.  Thinks about it:  if you could build your house 20 feet above the earth, and move through your day at that level you'd run into very little interference from others.  You could avoid traffic jams, lines in the grocery store, avoid fears of robbery.  Of course it might get a little lonely.  Yes, the drama of life is very much concentrated on this narrow band where the sons and daughters of Adam roam.  Somehow, we tend to think our problems dominate the universe, but it's good to be reminded that we have a great God who holds us and keeps us safe in a very large universe where every layer reflects His design.
Hebrews 1:10 He also says,  "In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
Rob Smith

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