On Saturday, October 14,2012, some residents in Los Angeles saw first-hand, and many others around the world viewed via media a rare, one-time event. The space shuttle Endeavor was moved from Los Angeles International Airport to its final home at the Museum of Science and Industry 12 miles away. What made this event so special was that it traveled through the streets (primarily through minority communities), crawling at 2 mph. This gradual passing allowed people to stand only meters from a spacecraft and time to appreciate the marvel of space exploration.
Grab the Golden Ring
I’m sure that many people who had little or no interest in outer space exploration had their interest piqued. Hopefully, this event will turn some younger people in the crowd lining the streets from spectators to participants. The joy and amazement on the faces of the pre-teen crowd was most notable.
I went to the event out of my longstanding admiration of the shuttle program, which goes back to (and beyond) the day when I took my family to Edwards Air Force Base to see the shuttle Challenger land several years before its final ill-fated mission.
More Memorable Than a Space Craft
The more important reason for my going to the Endeavor celebration was to share the love of Christ with curious onlookers who would stop to watch me paint the rocket ship en plein air. I spoke to dozens of people about Jesus that day and passed out a bunch of Talent Search tracts. The most memorable moment came when I met two ladies at my second painting location on the corner of Crenshaw & Florence Ave.
We talked about the process of creating art in public places, but when the conversation turned to spiritual things, I believe they saw that our meeting was not by chance, but orchestrated by God. I had the opportunity to pray with and for them, for which I am grateful to our Lord.