“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.”
This is our galaxy called the Milky Way.
It is one of the billions of other galaxies that are yet to be known in this universe.
And you can see that even our huge sun right there, is merely like a speck of dust on the Milky Way.
What more about planet earth?
This, is our beloved sun.
No, it isn't like the ones we used to draw on paper with a smiley face.
It's raging with fire - like a planet with constant nuclear bombs all the time!
And how big is it compared to earth?
He called EACH of them by NAME and placed them each in his masterpiece.
God hung each unique star, each unique solar system in its place - to declare the glory of God and His handiwork.
Imagine naming each of these!
It's hard to fathom that all those tiny pin dots of light are larger than our earth. The picture above is actually of some of the stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Do you see the small red star in the middle? That's the closest star to our sun. It's name is Proxima Centauri. It "only" takes 4.22 years for light to reach us from that star.
God's lovingkindess towards us is as high as the heavens are above the earth. When I think about the vast canopy above me that is filled with more stars then we could possibly ever count, I can't help but bless the Lord for loving me with a love that is that vast.
Take a look at this picture.
If you had a telescope and followed the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star, you would then just slide your telescope a little south and west and you'd find this stunning pair of galaxies.
The Whirlpool Galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy. At only 30 million light years away from us and fully 60 thousand light years across, this is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies in the sky. Anyone with a good pair of binoculars may also be able to find this beauty. It’s referred to a Grand Design Galaxy.
Astronomers affectionately call it “The Darling of the Universe” because its design is so beautiful. It’s a favorite for astronomers to photograph. The pink areas are star birthing incubators. The whole galaxy is made up of hundreds of billions of stars.
So how much does He love you and me?
Take a look.
The God of the universe, the One who made all the stars and galaxies,
made the tree that this cross was made from…
He was innocent, blameless and pure, yet He came to bear the weight of the world on His shoulders.
He died for you and me.
“... although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.”
His matchless grace and lovingkindness is everywhere. Long before you decided what you were going to do with God, God decided what He was going to do with you. And that was to NOT give you what your sins deserved. But He gave His Son what your sins deserved. And to give you the gift of Himself. And an invitation to live forever with Him.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, would not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He unconditionally loves you.
If all the universe were made just for us, it would be too large. But it's not, it’s made to declare HIS GLORY. There are frontiers of space that scientists have yet to even see, but His glory is there.
Remember the Whirlpool Galaxy pictured above?
The one astronomers call "The Darling of the Universe"?
A few years ago they kept zooming in and zooming in to get a closer look at their darling. What they saw in the very center of the galaxy is pictured below. I promise you, this is an unaltered photo I took directly from the NASA website called Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Scientists call it the X Structure in the core of the Whirlpool Galaxy. I’m not here to make a scientific case, but I will tell you it’s huge. The beams reach 1100 light years across and the diameter of the beams is 100 light years.
(A light year is equal to 5.88 TRILLION miles!)
You can call it the X Structure in the core of the Whirlpool Galaxy, or you can call it a cross. But, could it be “Jesus, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8) It could just be a coincidence. But isn’t it amazing! 31 million light years away, this has been beaming all across the heavens since creation.
What are you facing?
Depression, divorce, abandonment, shame, guilt, loneliness, wrongly accused, cancer, bankruptcy, or the darkness of death itself?
There is NOTHING that can shake you out of the hand of God. He is not only holding the whole universe in the palm of His hand, He is holding you. His lovingkindness and grace is enough to hold onto you and to bring you through it all; able to still love Him, and rejoicing in His goodness, even in the darkness.
He loves you too much to let you go.
You can trust Him.
This is one of the stars in space releasing gases and fumes.
And the astronomers were zooming and zooming into this star to find out what's in its core.
This was what they found, and no it wasn't photoshopped or editted.
Check this out.
Some call it the "Eye of God".
Well, even before they could find out what's in the middle, I always knew that God was watching me, all the time. He sees, knows and loves me inside out.
This is the Hubble Space Telescope that sweeps around the Earth once every 97 minutes. It is this thing that captured all the images you've just seen above, COMPLETELY. They transfer 2,560,000 pixels back to earth to convert them into AN image.
Dunno how many hours for just ONE pixel to return to earth!
And you're complaining your internet dial-up connection is very bad?
Haha, you know, men could continue building the greatest of technologies to unveil the mysteries and wonders of God. But even as we keep discovering more and more, God just keeps blowing our minds away with His never ending wonders.
We're so tiny and small!
Don't you feel that after this post??
The bible said that God measures the UNIVERSE with the span of His hand.
THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.
But yet, He loves and cares for us eventhough we're practically not visible at all in the universe!
But he does.. he sees us, each and everyone of us.
From the previous post.
For those of y'all who were to busy or lazy to google LAMININ.
Here it is....
Laminin is the major non-collagenous component of the basal lamina such as those on which cells of an epithelium sit. Laminin is a vital protein to make sure overall body structures hold together. Improper production of laminin can cause muscles to form improperly.
And this what laminin looks like.
He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
With all these wonders that surround us...
It is undeniable that God is truly great and magnificent.
He is in our very being!
How could anyone say that this universe popped out of nowhere, just like that?
It's so beautiful and with it's undiscovered mysteries, it definitely has a Creator.
I was totally blown away with whatever I've just known.
And I couldn't help but share it with you.
Otherwise, I'd be very selfish :)
How great is our indescribable God.
Thanks to Louie Giglio of Passion Conferences for some of the information contained in this post.