NASA has successfully landed a on the surface of Mars over the past few days. In an amazing display of engineering and design this payload was lowered through the atmosphere of the planet and delivered better than any Fedex or UPS service. The mission of the craft will be to look for evidence of carbon and other elements that support life on what appears to be a desolate terrain. As we go out into our day we won't have to look hard to find evidence of life. Here, in lush Virginia, we have more life than we know what to do with, with fungus, insects and weeds as well as dense forests and animals, both wild and domestic, of many kinds. But we have a mission, too, just like the Curiosity (the Mars vehicle). Our mission is to carry the message and the reality of the living God throughout our day. The Mars vehicle receives signals from Earth that direct its search and analysis of soil, air and surroundings and then the vehicle transmits findings back to Earth. We send and receive signals from Heaven that guide us, keep us on track and receive our transmissions of joy, fear and need. As we roam through our day we also look for signs of life...eternal life...in others. Have others discovered the reality of the God who formed nature...the God behind the life that surrounds us and the planets that ride above us? Will we find evidence of eternal life today? One day, when Christ returns...will He find evidence of life here?
Luke 18:7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"