Have you ever had vertigo? I know some people who have had this condition or currently suffer from such symptoms. The feeling is quite unpleasant. The room may seem like it is spinning. This makes it challenging to get around. It’s like a first-day sailor who hasn’t earned her/his sea legs yet.
As a kid, I experienced a game where you would put the barrel of a baseball bat to the ground and the handle straight up. You would then put your head down to the handle and run around it several times. Finally, you would drop the bat and then try to run to an object some distance away without falling flat on your face.
Also, at a young age, I really enjoyed going to the carnival for the thrilling rides. My favorites included those that would spin round and round, either vertically or horizontally. In my day, they had names like “The Hammer” and “The Zipper.”
Now that I’m older, my taste in entertainment has changed. I no longer wish to be spun around and experience the accompanying sensations.
Instead, I now often favor sitting still in a comfortable chair and reading.
My fellow resident of the planet Earth, do you realize that there is no such thing as sitting still? Even if we are sleeping in bed, sitting in front of the television set, or eating lunch in a booth at a restaurant, we are all moving at incredible speeds.
The earth is turning on its axis, as such we experience all the visuals of this action – the sun, moon, planets, and stars. We refer to a complete turn of the earth as a day.
The earth revolves around the sun. It takes roughly 365 days for a complete orbit. We call this a year. All of this describes movement.
According to the website stardate.org, the earth revolves around the sun at a speed of 67,000 miles per hour. The sun and our entire solar system are part of the Milky Way galaxy. Our solar system revolves around the center of our galaxy at 140 miles per second and takes about 200 million years for a complete orbit.
So, you see, we are all moving at dizzying speeds, being turned, twisted and spun about.
The good news is, no matter where we are cast off to in this life, God is there.
Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 30 years.