A non-stop between Brownsville, TX and Mars

I’ve been to Brownsville, TX and I thought that one visit would suffice.  I’m sure the people that call that city home love it.  I prefer Dallas.  The homebuilders in Brownsville are pretty excited today, however.  SpaceX has chosen their city and there is a population boom headed their way.  What is SpaceX?  Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is owned by Elon Musk, the billionaire and founder of PayPal.  He has purchased fifty acres in Brownsville, TX and plans to build a spaceport that will be launch-ready in about two years.  The spaceport will include a rocket-launch site, a launch command center and a ground-tracking station.  They plan to launch about twelve, million-ton rockets each year.  The ultimate goal is to be a spaceport for private manned flights into space one day.  I think the project is interesting, but I imagine my one trip to Brownsville will still suffice.

We do live in interesting times.  I made a phone call the other morning on my cell phone.  It was early and I still looked like I did when I got out of bed.  I was absolutely appalled when I realized I had hit the FaceTime button on my phone.  I don’t think the person on the other end of my phone call received anything, but I turned my phone completely off – just in case something was still on!  I used to watch The Jetsons cartoons when I was a young girl.  I remember Jane Jetson had a mask she wore for those early morning phone calls.  She wasn’t about to get caught without her make-up and hair done.  It makes me wonder when we will have flying cars in America.  George Jetson had one of those!

My grandparents were amazed at the invention of television.  I remember being excited when my dad brought home our first calculator.  Jim and I were amazed when we hooked up out first computer to dial-up Internet.  We couldn’t have known then that we would establish a ministry that provides God’s word for every country using the internet, satellites and cell phones.  What will amaze our children and grandchildren?

Change seems to occur daily and while that is fascinating, it is also intimidating.  I’m grateful for the fact that God’s word is now unstoppable.  If a person owns a cell phone, they can know and understand how to meet Jesus and make him Lord of their lives.  Even more amazing, however, is the fact that God’s word today is the same inspired word it has been since the beginning.  God does not change and neither has his word or his will for our lives.

Matthew 24:34 says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  That verse is guiding my thoughts today.  I imagine I might be an elderly woman and learn that my great-grandchild is taking a trip to Mars on a rocket.  Picture it:  The Hilton resort on Mars, complete with land rover rides and space-cuisine.  I will be happy to stay here on earth and look forward to seeing what flavor of Jello is coming on my lunch tray!

On the other hand, I find myself wondering if any of us will ever see manned space travel to Mars.  I’m sure billions of dollars will be spent pursuing that idea.  But, if Jesus returns before that rocket leaves, those billions of dollars will have been spent for nothing.  What does the future look like?  Only God has that answer, and only God controls that answer.    For the rest of us that remain on earth until the day we meet Jesus face to face, let’s remember this advice from God’s unchanging word:

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  -Matthew 24:31-34

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