"On Aug 24th 2012 we sent my son's favorite train "Stanley" to space in a weather balloon with a HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS. He was recovered 27 miles away in a corn field and we got some great footage of the trip. This video documents the journey from liftoff to landing.
My 4 year old and Stanley are inseparable like Calvin and Hobbes. He's been attached to him since he was two, and they play, sleep and do everything together. I animated Stanley's face with After Effects and Photoshop to bring him to life how I imagine my son sees him.
Here's the original video I made of my son and Stanley when he was 2 years old, same basic concept: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_1lnkUPUkI
My day job:
After seeing this, think of the trust the little boy must have had in his father. He sent his favorite toy into space!!! This is both a dangerous and tremendous task. We can also trust God to complete these sort of feats in our lives. But, are we willing to send ourselves up to him, in his trust, and believe that he will not let us down?
Think of us as the train. We're sent here as aliens in a strange land, Heaven is our home. But, we trust God to bring us back safely after he has let us wander about in this strange world. He cares enough that he will watch us wherever we go so that he can find us again. And, even when we land in a garbage dump or sewer, we can count on Christ (the son) to stand up for us and send his dad in to get us... and if his dad doesn't get us, the son comes and gets us himself (the incarnation) so that we may return home with him.