Cosmic Dust Trail

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Psalms 19:1-3 (NIV)

Meteor showers, such as the Perseid in August and the Leonid in November, are spectacular nighttime events that my wife and I enjoy watching. As comets orbit the sun, they shed dust and gas along the way. This debris spreads out over time and space but maintains the same basic orbit as the original comet. When these small bits of comet encounter earth's atmosphere, they vaporize and light up the night sky. The average size of a meteor is about that of a grain of sand, and most never make it to the ground. It is amazing to me that so much light can be generated from such a small speck of cosmic dust. During the peak of the major meteor showers, we often go outside for a few minutes in hopes of seeing that one shooting star (or fireball) with a long-lasting, bright tail; however, we get just as excited with seeing any shooting stars. I wonder if the psalmist David was looking up at the same moment that a brilliant shooting star went zipping across the starry, night sky as he considered writing this psalm.

Our lives, actions and words should be patterned after Christ, much in the same way that the cosmic dust trail follows the same orbit as the original comet. Our cosmic dust trail, when encountered by others, should bring a spark of light, hope and enthusiasm for knowing Christ.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the visible reminders that declare your glory day and night. Help us spread the light of Christ today.