Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Other Space Race

During the 1950's and 60's, the United States and Russia were in a competition to see who could get into space first. Those who lived through that era can remember the nightly news broadcasters sounding like sports reporters for ESPN, relating accounts of the latest satellite or astronaut.

Less known was the race to drill to the center of the earth, probably because that competition was slightly less successful. While the Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached the outer limits of our solar system, some 10 billion miles away (give or take a few billion), the deepest hole dug into the earth is currently 7.5 miles (the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia) which eclipsed the previous record (the Bertha Rogers hole in Oklahoma). The digging stopped because of temperatures in excess of 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Apparently, drills don't tolerate that temperature well. Though the 7.5 miles was the deepest anyone has ever dug, it is slightly short of the center of the earth, some 4000 miles.

This means we know more about the outer reaches of our solar system than we do about the earth underneath our feet. The truth is, the more we learn, the more we realize we don't understand. No wonder that Paul writes:

Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

In this week's message, some soldiers learn that God's power is greater than they could possibly imagine - and so is his mercy (2 Kings 6:18-23). I hope we can all learn this same important truth.

See you Sunday!

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