First a meteor just 20ft across shoots through the Russian skies leaving in its wake a trail of destruction from it's sonic boom and atmospheric disintegration. Then an asteroid skims earth even inside the orbit of our own communication satelites - not 20ft across but 150ft! Just 17,200 miles from hitting, travelling at 17,450mph. I looked for it at 8.00pm but the skies were too overcast to see. What if it didn't pass but hit instead ... ? Then?
It reminds me of my 'Hidden worlds' post after night 2/40. Things pass us by which, if we'd connected, would have the hugest of impacts on us. But they pass by, and that impact just doesn't happen. But not all connections are destructive. Many are life-giving and even life-changing.
If we can make that kind of connection somehow ... cause that impact ... then we cause the effect ...
It's one reason I just love this image. Here's the 2011 team on their first day at the orphanage, and in the foreground two of the children in their school uniform. Two worlds colliding. Westerners in western clothes meet Indians in Indian dress. If we'd done nothing, those 5 would never have felt the impact of India in their lives. As it is? Not a life-passing orbit, but a life-changing impact!
We have so few years and so few days. Why blast through life on our own unaffected tragectory when we can impact and change things for ever?
An impact of a material kind is possibly a small click away.