Searching for Life (Part 1)

Author: Courtney Lasater — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: October 4, 2022

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Searching for Life (Part 1)

As Celine peered through the window of her submersible, she could see the
edge of Saturn’s rings looming through the gap in the ice above her. “I’m
approaching the fissure, Jax,” she said into her headpiece. “Ready to
surface.” Jax’s voice crackled in response. “I see you, Tiger Three. Come
on up, Celine.” As the submersible emerged through the fissure in the ice,
Celine had to shut her eyes tight against the glare. Even though Enceladus
was much farther from the sun than Earth, the thick layer of ice that
covered this moon’s surface made it the most reflective object in the solar
system. After spending several hours in the dark ocean beneath the ice, the
daytime brilliance felt like knives slicing through her vision. Once her
eyes had adjusted, she steered over to where Jax was waiting at the edge of
the ice. When she was within reach, he grabbed the handle on the front of
the submersible and hoisted her out of the water. The moon’s gravity was so
small that he barely had to use one hand. Once she was grounded, Celine
opened the hatch. Despite her heated space suit, she could feel the icy
blast of the moon’s air—if you could even call it air—and she quickly
followed Jax into the warmth of the station. “Find anything interesting
today?” Jax asked as he pulled off his helmet. “I took some samples near
one of the ocean vents,” Celine said as they walked through the station
hub. Voices crackled through the air as other search teams radioed back and
forth. “We’ve sampled there before though, so I doubt we’ll find anything.”
“You never know,” said Jax. “All we need is one little microorganism—one
tiny proof of life from somewhere other than Earth.” “You think we’ll ever
find it?” asked Celine. Jax shrugged. “I don’t know. Maybe not. But I like
to think that God created life somewhere in our solar system other than
Earth because He knew how excited we’d be to find it one day.” Celine
smiled. “I like to think that too.” “Well, that’s why we’re here—no better
place to start looking than Enceladus.” Jax pointed to the sample box
Celine had brought from the submersible. “Let’s go fire up the microscope
and see what we’ve got.” • Courtney Lasater • Do you ever wonder if there’s
life elsewhere in the universe? Does thinking about this excite you? Scare
you? Why? • Read John 1:1-3. Who are these verses talking about? (See John
1:14-18 and Colossians 1:15-22 for the answer.) • We don’t know if there’s
life out in the universe somewhere, but if there is, God created it, just
like He created life on Earth. He is Creator and Lord of the whole
universe. And God reveals Himself to us in Jesus. Jesus is the Word who
created all things at the beginning, and because He came to live among us,
die on the cross, and rise from the dead, we can have a relationship with
our Creator through putting our trust in Jesus. How can knowing Him help
you when you’re faced with the unknowable? The LORD merely spoke, and the
heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.
Psalm 33:6 (NLT)


Read Verses:

Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 33:6; Psalm 89:11; John 1:1-John 1:3