The late Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was many things, among them a prolific Science Fiction writer, most notably “The Space Odyssey” series. His statement on two possibilities:
“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
It doesn’t take much imagination to run wild with the possibilities of the two presented. Are we merely a “food farm” for a much higher entity? Or are we alone and soon perishing? Go, let imagination take over for a spell.
There is another possibility, one that renders the first two impotent.
We are alone, or we are not. It doesn’t matter. The third possibility, is that God made it all and is in charge whether people live on some yet undiscovered sphere or not.
To be sure we Earthlings have our share of terrifying events, even terrible people. Yet we understand, if we accept biblical teaching, that there is a driving purpose for the suffering we endure for the short vapor of life. We further trust that in a better land we will have a full grasp of the why of life.
As I contemplate the vast, I am driven to my knees to get a firmer grip on my small part in the experience of living. Hopefully, learning to trust the Lord for the daily. The daily in the sense of Ethel Waters who said, “The trouble with life, is, it’s so daily.” There’s more mystery in that statement than you may think.
To contemplate the enormous as Sir Arthur Charles Clarke attempted can be terrifying when looked at as only two possibilities, but to contemplate our own simply daily life can be more so.
For people like me, most of us are more like others than we want to admit, to really get beyond the clichés and experience a known and felt reality can be the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest.
The concept of Earthlings being alone or at the mercy of Outer-space Aliens is not nearly as important to me as discovering the will of Jesus Christ for me today.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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