|Phyloplankton Bloom, Baltic Sea,2005|
That's why NASA's Applied Sciences Program has developed a project called 'Earth as Art'. As project director Lawrence Friedl explains it, "We want people to look at these images and say, 'How did nature do that?'.
As we saw in our last blog, these scientists are correct in their assertion that the earth is art. It is God's artistic masterpiece, designed to portray his glory on a canvas of cosmic proportions. It is designed to inspire awe, and to provoke us to ask questions.
But they need to be the right questions. Not "How did nature do that?" The real question is "How did God do that?"
In a 'National Public Radio' article by Andrew Prince, the author describes the artwork hanging on Lawrence Friedl's wall. It is one of these images of earth generated by satellites in space: a blown-up image of phyloplankton bloom in the Baltic Sea. As Friedl describes this beautiful picture, he enthuses in language verging on worship, "It's land. It's ocean. The patterns that are on it are so symmetrical - it seems they are almost rhyming."
He probably does not realize how close he has come to quoting the Bible. The satellites in space take their place in the heavens declaring the glory of God. From the sky, as the Psalmist put it, they are proclaiming his handiwork - day after day pouring out speech and night after night revealing knowledge (Psalm 19:1,2). Such beauty! Such patterns! Such poetry! Such a designer!
Take a look at the images from the 'Earth as Art' project in the article...