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Written by Shaun Beswarick   

>> Beholding The Face Of Pluto. <<

The New Horizons space probe, which began its journey to Pluto in 2006, is now about 17 million kilometres from the tiny “dwarf planet”. A recent image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, is available for viewing and is just a taste of what is to come, as in July 2015, New Horizons flies past the pair where highly detailed photos of Pluto will be seen for the very first time in history!

Such a small, seemingly insignificant little ball of rock and an even smaller moon would not seem to provide much of a spiritual topic base; indeed, Pluto was "down-graded" by astronomers only a short time ago to a minor planet because it is about the same size as other minor's, like Ceres and Eris.

But, the Bible makes us aware not to "despise the day of small things"; small though it be, Pluto and it's largest moon, Charon, provide a wonderful encouragement due to this: their closeness to each other is so that they are “tidal locked" to each other; that is, their "faces" always face each other as they (slowly!) orbit the sun. Our Earth and Moon don't do this, as we know; the Earth has one side facing the Moon for about 12 hours and then the other. But Pluto and Charon always have the same sides facing the same sides of each other!

You know, what a blessing this is! Let us face the Lord always! Let us "behold His face in righteousness" as the psalmist wrote in Psalm 17! Indeed, Paul's grand desire was to know the Lord and we are promised that as we behold as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we will be changed into the same image - and what, or Who, is the glory of the Lord? Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of His glory and express image of His person"; yes, Jesus Himself is that brightness! He is the brightness of His glory! He is what makes the Father's glory bright! So, let us learn from little Pluto and littler Charon and maintain our face toward His - all we need is Him!

God Bless.

Shaun.