Lots of people have an interest in the mysteries of space and science fiction and whether there might be life on other planets other than our own. When thinking about the stars and the vastness of the known universe, I came across the following quote on a website recently and it caught my eye.
If we talk about “space” as being anything in the universe outside the atmosphere of Earth, then space is very, very big indeed. How big?
The diameter of the Earth is 12 000 km.
The distance from the Earth to the moon is 400 000 km.
The distance from the Earth to the sun is 150 million km.
The diameter of the entire solar system is about 8000 million km.
The distance from here to the nearest star (other than our own sun) is 40 million million kilometres (4.2 light years)
The distance from here to the centre of our galaxy is about 250 000 million million kilometres (26,000 light years)
The distance to the great nebula in Andromeda, the nearest galaxy is 15 million million million km. (1.5 million light years)
And the distance to the edge of the known universe is around 100 000 million million million km. (10.5 thousand million light years)
“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you might think it’s a long walk down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
(Taken from http://www.stellar-database.com)
In truth, we are unable to comprehend the size of even what we know is out there, never mind what might be even beyond that. Our minds are too limited to imagine it. Recognising how small and seemingly insignificant we are compared to how big everything out there is might lead us to believe that we are too small and unimportant to God.
David recognised this and spoke of it in Psalm 8
David knew how much God cared for him because he had been rescued many many times from life-threatening circumstances, and yet he knew it was only the unsurpassing greatness of God that had caused Him to reach down and come to David’s aid so often.
God has pursued a relationship with us by having Jesus take our place of punishment in dying for us and He wants to be involved in every single area of our lives. He is the God of the immenseness and beauty of all of creation but He also actually wants us as individuals to draw near to Him and to be completely involved in everything that we do!
Now THAT is vastly hugely mind-boggling!
How great is our God