India’s newest weather satellite INSAT-3DR is scheduled for launch on 28 August 2016 and another satellite ScatSat in September. According to information available on the internet, about 3,700 man-made satellites are currently orbiting the earth. Of these, more than a thousand satellites are active and doing useful work. A majority of the active satellites are used for communications purposes. The remaining keep a watch on the earth. They are our eyes in space.
Weather satellites keep a watch on the developments in the earth’s atmosphere, the formation of clouds, their growth and movement. There are specialised satellites that can see the internal structure of clouds, the intensity of tropical rain and storms, and the composition of the atmosphere. All the information is used for better weather forecasting.
There are other satellites that monitor ocean currents, tides and waves, sea surface temperature, the salinity of the oceans and sea ice. Then there are remote sensing satellites which watch the land resources like the land area covered by crops, the state of the crops, the moisture in the soil, the area under forests. All such data add to our knowledge of the state of our planet.
The manmade eyes in space help us to see far beyond the capabilities of our own vision. But the Bible talks about another pair of eyes that monitor the earth. These are “the eyes of the Lord” whose penetrating gaze can accomplish much more than all the 3,000 manmade satellites together. The eyes of the Lord are everywhere. (Proverbs 15:3) The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:18) The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous. (Psalm 34:15)
The eyes of the Lord see everything that I may be doing, whether I am sleeping or awake, whether I am sitting or moving about. They can see me through the darkest of darkness. They can scan my heart and search my mind. Nothing of my life is ever hidden from them. And when my vision fails me, they are there to show me my way! (Psalm 139)