An Asteroid Flyby – And Things that go Bump in the Night

An asteroid flyby Oct. 12

Good Morning, God!

O.K., so it was a SMALL asteroid that just missed us yesterday. Still, God, I don’t care much for the “idea” of asteroids coming between us and our moon. And when I looked at this chart it seemed a lot closer to us than to the moon, just 28,000 miles away.

Now, the article about it did say that it was only 5-10 meters in diameter and would have burned up in our atmosphere. But, with 30,000,000 undiscovered asteroids out there! I must say, I am glad that Cal Tech’s JPL is running The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called “Spaceguard.”

The thing is, God, that article reminds me our our vulnerability. Our planet HAS been hit by asteroids — BIG ones — and it WILL be hit again. I suppose knowing that is sort of like knowing that the super volcano underneath Yellowstone is due. We know it the way we know planes crash — or more to the statistical point — cars crash. Yet, we get up and drive hither and yon without much perceptible worry.

But, back to the asteroids. What WOULD we do, God, if we saw a BIG ONE coming toward us? What would we do if we could predict major earthquakes? Or, if we knew the date of our own death? YUCK.

And, if knowing is hard, God, what about deciding? Doctors used to be taught to tell their patients as little as possible. The doctors made the decisions. Now the right and responsibility to decide is placed on the patient. But many choices are between things that are basically unbearable. Parents forced to make decisions like that for their children may suffer for years.

Hmmm. How is it I have gone from Knowing to Deciding to Suffering? And, now I “hear” my earthly father saying “Life isn’t supposed to be easy” and I am Thankful, God, that my life hasn’t been harder!

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