May 19, 2012

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made...

Fearfully and wonderfully made...

God created the heavens and the earth and all that fills it with an utterance of His word.

All the millions and millions of stars in our galaxy, and all the millions and millions of galaxies in this universe were created just like that – with a word. God spoke it and it was done. I don’t know about you, but because I have a hard time even imagining what millions and millions of stars and galaxies look like, I need to bring things down to a scope I can grasp and understand.

For instance, if it were possible to travel at the speed of light, you would arrive at the moon in 1.3 seconds. But continuing at that same speed, do you know how long it would take you to reach the closest star?

Four years!!!

And that's just the closest star!

New York City's Hayden Planetarium has a miniature replica of our solar system showing the speeds and sizes of our planets. What is interesting is that the three outer planets are not even included. There wasn't room for Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Uranus would be in the planetarium's outer corridor, Neptune would be around Eighth Avenue. And Pluto? Another three long avenues away at Fifth Avenue.

By the way no stars are included, for obvious reasons.

Can you imagine (on the same scale) where the nearest start would be located?

Cleveland, Ohio!

Wow! And remember, that's just our own local galaxy.

Chuck Swindoll in "The Finishing Touch" gives the following example:

A scientist once suggested another interesting analogy. To grasp the scene, imagine a perfectly smooth glass pavement on which the finest speck can be seen. Then shrink our sun from 865,000 miles in diameter to only two feet...and place the ball on the pavement to represent the sun.

  • Step off 82 paces (about two feet per pace), and to represent proportionately the first planet, Mercury, put down a tiny mustard seed. 
  • Take 60 more steps and for Venus put down an ordinary BB.
  • Mark 78 more steps...put down a pea representing the earth.
  • Step off 108 paces from there, and for Mars, put down a pinhead.
  • Sprinkle around some fine dust for the asteroids, then take 7,888 steps more and place an orange on the glass for Jupiter.
  • After 934 more steps, put down a golf ball for Saturn.
Now it gets really involved. 
  • Mark 2,086 steps more, and for Uranus...a marble.
  • Another 2,322 steps from there you arrive at Neptune. Let a cherry represent Neptune.
This will take 2.5 miles, and we haven't even discussed Pluto!

We have a smooth glass surface 5 miles in diameter, yet just a tiny fraction of the heavens, excluding Pluto. 

Now, guess how far we'd have to go on the same scale before we could put down another basketball to represent the nearest star.

We'd have to go 6,720 miles before we could arrive at that star. 

Miles, not feet!

And that's just the first star among millions upon millions of stars. In one galaxy among hundreds, maybe thousands. And all of it in perpetual motion...perfectly synchronized...the most accurate timepiece known in the universe.

Imagine all that! 

The universe and all that it contains.

And all it took was a word from God.

When God was creating you and me, you know that He could have uttered a word and it would have been so. Nothing wrong with that. Except one thing: that’s not the way you treat your children. Your children need extra care and that’s exactly what God did. 

God rolled up His sleeves and got His hands in the mud and shaped you and me exactly the way He wanted us to be, and then breathed His breath of life into our souls. 

You are God’s masterpiece and He delights in YOU!!!

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