This image closes my summer series on images from the Hubble telescope. It is an image taken from a section of the Orion Nebula that has been branded a star factory. When I look at the image, rather than a star factory pumping out stars I get the feeling of a struggle, of nascent suns fighting to become. The image reminds me of the striving Paul exposes in Romans Chapter Seven, where new Christians labor to the uttermost to become sons of God, only succeeding because of the initiation and intervention of Jesus Christ who saves us from utter failure. It also reminds me of Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
And Colossians 1:29
For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
Just as being born happens through labor, so does being born again, yet this time the labor is not the struggle of our mother, but God our Father working to bring about his will for our eternal destiny. To God be the Glory for the things he has done.
You can find the full image here.
Update: Hubble Tuesdays will be replaced by
Camera Photography Tuesdays in which I will use photographs to illustrate the glory of God’s creation, but much closer to home. Some will be mine, some will come from others, but all will be used to meditate on God’s grandeur exposed in creation (Romans 1). See you all next week for the first Camera Tuesday.