We're at our best when . . .


The nation of Israel was camped on the plains of Moab, just west of the Jordan River. The people were more than ready to enter the promised land, but the time wasn't quite right. Moses needed to recount the law to them as they entered into covenant with God. Their parents had perished in the wilderness due to their faithlessness, but this generation promised to do what the previous one didn't. 

They promised to love God with all their heart, soul and strength. These were much more than words—they represented the essence of Israel's existence. If followed, it would move them from being a loose confederation of tribes to a nation united in service to God and to loving their neighbor as themselves.

A little over a year ago and approximately 250 miles above the earth, the SpaceX capsule (The Crew Dragon), the first American commercial space vehicle designed to carry humans, docked with the International Space Station. One of the American astronauts in the space station, Anne McClain, officially welcomed the unmanned capsule with these words:

            

            Our sincere congratulations to all earthlings who have enabled the opening 

            of this next chapter of space exploration. Spaceflight gives us a chance to 

            reflect on the context of our existence. We are reminded that we are human

            before any of our differences, before all of the lines that are drawn to divide 

            us. And we are reminded that we are at our best when we are part of some-

            things bigger than ourselves.

It's interesting that the words spoken to commemorate the breaking of barriers in outer space apply equally as well on earth. We are at our best when we are part of something bigger than ourselves—and there is nothing bigger than God.

It is good to think about the context of our existence as we make our way out of the wilderness.

For in Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28).

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