Chaplain's Message for AFSC: Fun Friday Thoughts, in the beginning...

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  • By Chaplain Joshua Wright
  • 72nd Air Base Wing

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Have you ever stopped to marvel at the sky and appreciate the various shades of blue that we can see? And not just blue, but the possibility to see any one of the colors found in a rainbow. If you didn’t already know, the light we see is full of different wavelengths and each wavelength is a particular color. So the way it works is that light will travel in a straight line until it runs into something. We see blue in the sky because the wavelength for blue is shorter than the others and therefore when it hits our atmosphere it scatters all over the sky. Colors like red or yellow have a longer wavelength and can pass through our atmosphere without too much trouble.

Science is a fascinating topic. Over the years we have been able to uncover some phenomenal mysteries like gravity – allowing us to fly around the world or soar into space. We have advanced our medical understanding of the human body – allowing us to help heal people through treatments, surgeries, or preventive actions. We’ve experimented and discovered bigger and better ways to build homes, cars, and cites. But even with all that we know, there is still more that we need to learn. I suspect that we will never know it all and will in fact be lifelong learners. We simply can’t figure it all out and that is OK. Sometimes we just need to stop and marvel at it all. Marvel at how God knew all this before we did. Marvel at his handy work. Marvel at the fact that each new day he is creating and sustaining the very world in which we live in. That flower, that blade of grass, that water droplet; he made those! More importantly he made you uniquely you. We are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Each day the world is displaying his creative work and it should cause us to say “Wow! Look what God did!”

Fun Fact: So the sky isn’t always blue. You can observe this with any beautiful sunrise or sunset. The reason for this is that when the Sun is low in the sky, its light has to pass through more of the atmosphere. The shorter blue wavelength, mentioned above, gets scattered further right out of our sight. This then leaves the longer wavelengths of red, orange, or yellow to be on display for us to see. How cool is that!

Have a great weekend!