A few weeks ago we visited a friend who is a true ‘stargazer’. He’s not only fascinated by the night sky, but also in the available computer and camera technology that allows him to see into the depths of the heavens. He does this from an exterior telescope which is motorised remotely from the comfort of his office on his computer screen.
We stood behind him and watched in amazement as he showed us on his computer the galaxy next to our own Milky Way, Andromeda, which is a mere 2.55 Million Light years away. It’s a beautiful spiral of light. Just next to Andromeda is another smaller spiral, to our eyes, which represents yet another galaxy deeper into the universe.
According to Wikipedia, the Milky Way and Andromeda will collide in about 4.5 billion years.
It’s all rather overwhelming. To think that the light from the stars that we see can see even without telescopes, arrived to our eyes several thousand years later leaves me feeling rather… what?… small, insignificant, finite?
For me, seeing the advanced stargazing technology that the human race develops really confirms that the heavens are infinite from our perspective. Although, many scientists and nonprofessional hobbyists have differing explanations for the universe’s massiveness, I can only muse on how much greater our God is and how small my own perspective of Him remains.
There’s no shortage of authors in the Bible that are overwhelmed by the creation of the universe by our God. The Bible claims how stars show God’s power, wisdom, and faithfulness.
He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is the Lord. His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension. (Psalm 147:3-5 NIV)
These verses remind me of a hymn I heard recently. ‘Indescribable, Uncontainable, you put the stars in the heavens and called them by name.’
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers-the moon and the stars you set in place-what are mere mortals that you should think about them? Yet you made them yet a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour. (Psalm 8:3-5)
Isaiah 40:26-29 seems to be the verses that put it together for me.
Look up into the heavens. Who created all these stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. Oh Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? Oh Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard, have you never understood? The Lord is the Everlasting God, the Creator of all earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
Small, insignificant, finite? Well, that is merely my own perspective contradicted by the Word of God. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been understood and observed by what he made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers, and clouds and stars. (Martin Luther)