While we were on vacation we had the opportunity to see the Perseid Meteor shower. We didn’t see the meteor shower on its busiest night, but it was still pretty amazing to watch the sky, and then see these streaks of light shoot by unexpectedly.
Here is how a meteor shower works: The Comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun every 133 years. It’s orbit takes it out past Pluto. When its orbit takes it through the inner solar system, the sun warms and softens the ice in the comet, causing bits of rock and ice to be littered behind it. At about the same time every year, the earth passes through the dust trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, and some of the rock and ice in the dust trail gets pulled into our upper atmosphere, and burns up as it is pulled in.
So these meteors that we get to see every year are bits of the comet that it left behind years ago. The comet was closest it gets to the sun in 1992, and won’t be back that close again until July 2126. That comet, just minding its business as it circled the sun, leaves a 135-year legacy.
For me, its a reminder that our lives are never truly in isolation from the people around us: we are all leaving a trail of something. Somebody somewhere is watching. The question is: Is it good, or bad? Is something that excites others? Or is it something others want to avoid?
It probably depends on what we’re orbiting. If we are being warmed by the Son (like that transition?), then we’re probably trailing something worth seeing. But if we’re keeping ourselves at the center, that ‘s another story.
Somebody, somewhere is watching, potentially being blessed by your legacy. If you follow the trail of Jesus Christ (living humbly, acting mercifully, loving your neighbor), the blessing for others is certain.
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