A Surprise Gift

Music has been called the universal language. A musical score can elicit fear, sadness and feelings of love, even when the words cannot be understood. If you saw the movie “Jaws” years ago, you’ll probably remember how the writers built tension in their plot with just a few minutes of the music that represented their theme. You knew that great white shark was on its way to the next victim. Or perhaps you may remember how the theme song of “Gone With the Wind” can remind you of how you feel when remember a favorite scene. Or even the feelings (perhaps fear) evoked when hearing the theme song of Alfred Hitchcock’s shows. Music, even without words, can stir many feelings in us.

When we think of music, we envision something manmade, but did you know that there’s music in space? An article on the news website New Atlas, “NASA Sonification Videos Reveal the Sounds of Famous Cosmic Objects” tells us that music has not only been heard but recorded from galaxies and stars. The videos in this article let us hear their findings.[1] It seems almost unbelievable!

So who created this music? And why?

I believe that God loves us so much that He gives us what we love: beautifully colored flowers, rainbows, exquisite sunsets and sunrises, the wisdom to make instruments and compose such pieces as “Handel’s Messiah” and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, artistic talent to create paintings such as  “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper”, inventions such as the telephone, electricity, and the automobile. We could have survived without such things, but I believe He delights in giving us good gifts. So why not the surprise gift of music in space?

What a wonderful surprise gift!

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” Psalm 19:1-2. KJV


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