Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
Jupiter has fascinated us for hundreds of years, observable by the naked eye and later by telescope. It is massive and beautiful, one of many parts of the heavens that declare God's majesty. And since those days of the first telescopes, we have been fascinated by that red spot, a swirling and beautiful centuries old storm. And yet, as a matter of distance and limited perspective, its wonder has never been fully known to us. But recently, we had the chance to draw closer, and much was revealed.
If you think of Jupiter as a swirling gaseous ball of reds and yellows, you're not alone. And yet, perhaps the most beautiful part of this heavenly body was hidden from our sight... till the Juno spacecraft from NASA soared above Jupiter and took pictures of its fiercely blue coral-like swirls at the northern pole (images above). If the known clouds of Jupiter are its mesmerizing fire, its newly discovered pole is the equally captivating cascading waterfall. We drew closer and our eyes have been opened by our new perspective and proximity to new wonder and beauty and a fuller picture of what Jupiter is.
There are many scriptures that tell us that when we draw close to God, God draws close to us, and that when we draw close to God's Word, God is revealed. If the scriptures we love are a burning fire of singular beauty and depth for us, imagine what it would be like to soar back over them and see a new perspective of rushing water and greater depth in that discovery. We often read God's word in worship. But when did you last draw closer, change perspective, seek to see more, and come away with fuller understanding? If you're a youth, a young adult, or an adult of any age, when did you last attend Bible Study or draw closer? The school year just started. We'd love to help you draw closer and explore.