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Jeff Bezos went to space yesterday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to make the trip in their own spacecraft. (Richard Branson was the first to do it a few days ago.)
Immediately upon coming back, Bezos thanked employees at Amazon (and customers) for helping to pay for the trip, and then reflected on what he'll remember from the experience.
"We live on this beautiful planet. You can't imagine how thin the atmosphere is when you see it from space. We live in it, and it looks so big. It feels like this atmosphere is huge and we can disregard it and treat it poorly. When you get up there and you see it, you see how tiny it is and how fragile it is."
Bezos is not a good guy. He promotes unsafe working conditions. He discourages labor unions. He donates seemingly significant amounts of money to combat climate change, knowing full well it isn't enough to make systemic change. And his Amazon behemoth went several years paying zero taxes.
But even he, this man who pursues celebrity and power, cannot help but marvel at God's glory in creation.
Bezos wasn't just surprised or shocked or observing that his first view of Earth from outside it was interesting. He marveled because God made this beautiful planet and declared it very good. He created the heavens to declare His glory.
Marveling at God’s creation is a good and right response. In fact, I'd say it's about the best chance Bezos has of understanding who God is and truly knowing Him.
That's because Bezos loves money. He loves attention. You and I would marvel if we were handed even a fraction of Bezos' wealth and fame because he's got more of those than anyone else in the world.
There's not a lot of things Bezos can't buy. The beauty of God's creation is one of them.
I hope... I really, really hope... that this experience changes Bezos. That he's humbled by it. And that his path looks different than the rich, young ruler who—when called to follow Jesus—walked away sad because he had great wealth.
Because if it were given away, Bezos' wealth could do so much more good than if it's stored up in barns or spent on space rockets.