Heading into young adulthood, I had one goal in life: to grow up and become an astronaut. There is just something so mysterious, so exotic, and so inviting about space travel. Doesn’t every child dream of leaving earth’s orbit at some point?
I didn’t just read books about NASA – I devoured them. My all-time favorite is Lost Moon, by Jim Lovell, which describes the Apollo 13 rescue. In the book Lovell describes why walking on the moon was such a lifelong dream for him. I hung on his every word as he described the rainbow colored stars, which shine like brilliant jewels when viewed from the backside of the moon and without the Sun’s interfering rays. I imagined the peace and tranquility of space vacuum, and could almost feel myself floating weightlessly across the room.
Why does outer space captivate us so? I believe it is because it is a tangible picture of the mystery, the beauty, and the infinite nature of God. The earth is spectacular and takes our breath away, but the vastness of space is nothing short of mind-boggling.
Eventually I grew up, and so did my career plans. But that’s not to say that the moon doesn’t continue to stop me in my tracks at night, inviting me to gaze into the endless sky and relive old dreams.
What about you? Do you have a childhood dream that you can’t quite let go of?