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Yes, I learned something from an asteroid. It has nothing to do with cosmology or astronomy. It goes much deeper than a rock that hurtles carelessly through space. The lesson has to do with fear and faith in God.

You see, last Friday an asteroid, named Asteroid 2012 DA14 was the largest space rock to come closer than Earth's own orbiting satellites. We only knew about it a year in advance by a chance discovery from novice astronomers. It follows Earth's own orbit. NASA knew enough about DA14 to rule out any impacts from this close encounter. However, that didn't stop another unrelated meteorite to make impact with Russia on the very same day DA14 just missed our planet. Over a thousand Russians were injured on Friday when the meteorite fell from the sky due to the shockwaves. Windows were blown out of buildings, and this was just from the meteorite entering the Earth's atmosphere. The meteor is 55 feet in diameter and weighs 10000 tons so say astronomers. What a coincidence that this meteorite hit Russia almost exactly 100 years, specifically 105 years, after the Tunguska event that also occurred in Russia. 

I was naturally fearful when I awoke on Friday morning and read about the meteor impact in Russia. NASA had a live feed of DA14, and I eagerly watched it until it made it's closest approach to Earth and then started to veer away from us. I literally spent hours frozen in fear in front of my computer screen. My fiancé Joey brought me back to reality when he got home from work. I told him how I was afraid of the asteroid and my fear prevented me from doing anything but worrying about it. He told me instead I should have been reading my Bible, not worrying about the asteroid. This is where my faith comes in, he said. Wow, I couldn't have said it better myself! I should have been reading my Bible, trusting that God will protect His people as He promises in his Word. The Bible tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear but one of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I was not walking in God's love on Friday, I was walking in fear. 

The times we live in are uncertain. Our atmosphere does not protect us from space junk as we once thought. All we can do is put our trust in the Lord, realize his immense love for us, and just walk in it. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). This verse is more relevant today I think than at any other time in the history of Christianity. And that's what I learned from an asteroid.

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