In 1957 the Soviet Union successfully launched the first satellite into space: Sputnik. Less than a month later, they launched a more substantial satellite. However, this satellite held something within it that made this launch even more interesting. Inside this satellite was a dog named Laika. This dog was selected off the streets and sent into space. Amazingly the dog, affectionately nicknamed Muttnick, traveled at a speed of over eighteen thousand miles per hour. This flight proved that space travel was possible. Now in 2021 we are witnesses to billionaires traveling to space and trying to experience what Laika experienced way back in 1957. Well, not exactly what Laika experienced. You see, the Soviet Union had not yet developed the satellite to safely bring the dog back from space. The oxygen ran out, the dog passed away, and the satellite eventually burned up and reentered the earth’s atmosphere. Perhaps, this was easier for people to accept since the dog was just a mutt from the streets. The Soviet Union knew this would ultimately end badly for the dog.
Aren’t you thankful that God, in His infinite wisdom, thought more of you than that? Instead of allowing you to live in earth with no plan to get you back, He had a plan from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1). He, being eternal, did not start something without thinking through to the end. He, being the benevolent Creator, created us in His image and to enjoy the goodness He had created (Genesis 1-2). Even after the fall in Genesis 3, we see His provision as He sacrifice an animal to become a covering; a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Jesus in the New Testament. Laika was just a mutt. We were objects of wrath (Ephesians 2). The explorers did not care enough to rescue Laika from death. God not only rescued you from death, but sacrificed His own son so you may have life! As billionares rush to explore the depths of space, may you spend some time exploring the depths of the Father’s love for His children! As Paul writes in Ephesians 3, “For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:14-19).
May God Bless You,