ANSWER for STUDENTS: Unit 11 - Respect for Things Holy

Answer Lesson 142

Imagination Manual

TEXT: Psalm 139:1-14 — Omnipresence  Psalm 135:5-6; Mark 4:35-41 — Omnipotence  Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20 — Omniscience

Our world seems insignificant compared with God’s greatness.

Take some time out, and lie down on your bed, or on a nice grassy slope. Close your eyes and imagine that you and I are stepping into our own private spacecraft. With your spacesuit on, climb into the copilot’s seat. Study the computerized panel in front of you. Don’t worry! Almost everything is preset for us.

Countdown. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and we’re off! Look back quickly. In just a moment you’ll no longer be able to see even the launching pad.

Three minutes aloft. Our city is hazy and faint. The coastline shows up clearly and there’s the Atlantic Ocean, how blue it looks!

Five minutes. No cities can be seen now. “But what’s that faint blue line on the horizon?” you ask. Could it be the Pacific Ocean? We can see the whole United States stretched out “from sea to shining sea.”

Just wait! Only a couple more minutes and you’ll see all of North and South America. Yes, even now we’re looking at Canada and Mexico.

Look quickly, because soon the whole earth will be only the size of a basketball, then a softball, and then . . .

“Which star is Earth?” you ask. You lost it. Well, it doesn’t really matter now. They’re all hazy. Sort of like the Milky Way.

Don’t feel lonely though. We’re not all alone. God is here. No, you can’t see Him with your eyes, but look around.

Remember the Scripture where the Psalmist said: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).

Look at all these stars around us. Never ending. Galaxy after galaxy. Yet, God sees you. He knows your every thought. He saw you even before you were born, while you waited in that warm darkness until the moment of your birth.

God cares for you, even to the point that He knows exactly how many hairs are on your head. He sees and knows everything about you—your wishes, desires, thoughts, plans. He knows what is behind your actions.

And not only you. He knows intimately every person on the entire earth, and everyone that ever lived. God is everywhere. He can see everything. There is no place man can hide from God.

Well, it’s time we turn this spaceship toward home. Copilot, which way? You don’t know? Was it in that general direction? I don’t like the idea of spending the rest of my life floating around in outer space.

That’s right! The computer. It will know. It’s already heading us toward home.

That reminds me. Inside each of us is something that’s trying to head us toward our eternal home. The only problem is, most people try to ignore that signal. They know they should turn to Jesus, serve Him, and follow His commands, but they listen to too many other signals.

God has the power, though, to take man from the earth to a heavenly home, and power to help him live a victorious life until then. As a matter of fact, the power of our little computer here doesn’t compare to a fraction of God's power. He has power to save from sin, to heal, to restore life. Infinite power! He created all the stars in the universe, our Earth with its hills, mountains, rivers, oceans, trees, animals, right down to the tiniest flowers or blades of grass, and even the atom! Best of all, He created you!

Yes, I know your mother gave birth to you, but think, where did the first man, Adam, come from? That’s right, he was created by God.

What’s that? You say our planet has come into view? Yes! There it is. It’s only the size of a softball, now a basketball, and now . . .