NASA's Best Pictures of 2013 Show How Beautiful the Creation Is

Akashi Kaikyo longest bridge in the world

The definition of beauty is changed and revisited after looking at the pictures that NASA has released as the best pictures of earth of 2013.

When a picture is taken few hundred miles above the earth it's difficult to beat the beauty of that picture by any photographer. We don't see pictures like that every day. Now NASA has rounded some pictures that it calls the best pictures of earth of 2013.

Some are typhoons, others are mountains. Yet other are desert sandy dunes and cloud art over the Pacific Ocean.

But I am looking at these pictures and thinking Creation is really beautiful. God's work is amazing and awesome. You can see the light, space and immense breath with which the Creator made the heaven and earth.

"And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good," Gen. 1:9-10.

It's important to remember that humans were the last and best thing of creation. We were given dominion and charge over everything that God had created for us. This comes with great responsibility.

When reading the Biblical account of creation we don't see any account of violent storms, hurricanes, tornado or fierce winds in this protective environment. These came later due to the human transgression.

The human stewardship the Environment is best described in John Silvius's essay here, in which he writes. "There was once a time when the earth, the creatures, and the natural resources were seen by the Creator as being good. The ! created order was a perfect testimony of the wisdom and ! greatness of the Creator. Today, we live on the same planet, but it seems that all is not good. The evidence is everywhere in our environment. Instead of life-sustaining rain from the heavens, we receive "acid rain." Millions in developing nations suffer because ~ of water shortages or water supplies that are contaminated by; toxic chemicals or disease organisms. Expanding deserts, drought, I and famine are affecting millions of lives daily. Even in America, the growth and prosperity of whole communities are threatened by dwindling water supplies. The soil that nourishes us, the air that ~ we breathe, and the fuels for our industries, cars, and homes are; also diminishing in quantity and quality."

But even today we can change things with simple actions. We are given dominion to care for the creation, to care for the environment, to keep our world clean and hand a livable place to our children, to the next generation.

Here are some of the most beautiful sights of out planet captured by NASA astronauts.

Image of the story: "The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (also called the Pearl Bridge), has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world, at 1991 meters. Located in Japan, and completed in 1998, it connects the city of Kobe with Iwaja on Awaji Island by crossing the busy Akashi Strait." Source: NASA