Today: Sunday, December 08, 2019

Do we matter to the Creator of the universe?    (1/12/2014 )

In the year that Elvis Presley died and Apple was born (1977), NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft was successfully launched, and without much fanfare began its long trek to the outer edge of our neighbourhood - the solar system – where it arrived late in 2013. 

After getting a turbo-boost from Jupiter's gravity and taking amazing ‘close-ups’ of Saturn’s beautiful rings, it finally, after 22 years of voyaging, flew past the outermost planet - Neptune. Lots of amazing photos and huge volumes of data were sent back home - job done... 

But the plutonium batteries were, and still are, working and it has continued on its merry way at 35 thousand mph, and late in 2013 was able to boldly go where no man-made object has ever gone before - out of our solar system and into inter-stellar space.

And today it is 12
billion miles from earth. It’s too small to be seen by telescopes, but radio signals are still being received from it, although it takes 17 hours for them to reach us!

Now it's heading out towards a 'nearby' star (as our Sun is), which it will not reach for another 40,000 years even at its present speed of 35,000 mph!  In our galaxy alone ( the ‘Milky Way’ galaxy) there are estimated to be another 100 billion stars. And alongside our galaxy there are thought to be another billion galaxies… Well, you get the idea!

It's hard to get your head round the vastness of the universe - to comprehend how it is so humungously, mind-bogglingly, unimaginably, awesomely... well - BIG.

A writer of psalms in ancient times, and with clearer night skies than most of us experience now, gazed in awe at the starry sky one night and marveled at why the Creator of such a vast and awesome universe would be bothered with mere humans – just specs of dust in the infinity of the cosmos.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens...
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
Human beings that you care for them?
Psalm 8 

All we can say for now is that he must be rather more than ‘mindful’ of us; his love for us must be vast too!  Paul in his letter to the Christians in Rome expressed it like this:

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: 
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:8

While the tiny blue planet Earth seems so insignificant in size, yet it is hugely significant to God because it is home to the human family he created, and whom he loves with an everlasting and undying love. 

So even though mankind was, and is,  in rebellion against Him, he loved us enough to allow his Son Jesus to give his life for us on the cross, to bring forgiveness to us, and enable us to love Him, our Creator.

Next time you see the sky on a clear night and wonder at His vast amazing universe, remember too that his heart is set on us - on you, and love Him back.

 God I am amazed by the sheer scale of the universe you created, and even more amazed that you are concerned about me and love me. Amen

Read the whole of Psalm 8 and try to get into the mindset of the writer in his awe and wonder.

Challenge: Find your nearest 'dark park' and go on a clear cold night to really see the stars, and ponder the immensity of the universe, and the extent of his love for you. Hint - Google 'dark park' and 'dark places' to find where to find a list of such places. 

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