Light travels at 186,000 miles per second, or about 671 million miles per hour. That is fast but even to reach the nearest star; Proxima Centauri, which is 25 trillion miles from earth, it would take you a little over four years traveling at the speed of light. Think about that for a moment. 186,000 miles per second for more than four years to reach your first twinkling destination.
Using the Hubble telescope, scientists and astrologers have been able to peer as far as 13.5 Billion light years into space. The scientific community tells us that there are literally hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe all containing hundreds of million stars in each one. There are a hundred million stars in the Milky Way Galaxy alone. So if Proxima Centaur is the closest star to the planet earth at 25 trillion miles away then how far are all the other starts and galaxies? Scientists say that the universe is still expanding and there is no end in sight (Literally). That is absolutely mind blowing!
26 Look up into the heavens. Who created all the 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. (Isaiah 40:26)
So this mystery in space has really had me scratching my head. What is God up too? The earth is the size of a grain of sand compared to the ever growing universe. We will never see the utter most ends of the universe on this side of death. We most likely will not even see the nearest star, Proxima Centauri in this life. So what’s it all about? What does the good Lord have planed for those who love Him? He continues to create things that he knows we will never see with our human eyes. Is He just showing off or is He proving to us that He means what He says when no eye has seen, nor ear heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him? If you ask me I think it’s a little bit of both. Are you impressed, because I am!
Think how grand heaven will be where the Beginning and the End resides. If He created the universe that we will never see, just try to imagine what His dwelling place is like. I don’t think we can wrap our minds around that. I believe Him when He said no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.
The universe and the heavens truly do proclaim the glory of God. Look at all that He has created. The earth really is just a speck of dust in the universe. A speck of dust that the great Creator loves with all His heart. Won’t it be awesome to explore the universe that God has created when we will be made like Him? I’m glad we have an eternity to do it, because we are going to need all the time we can get! Remember, its 25 trillion miles until we reach our fist stop at Proxima Centauri.
Verse of the day:
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. (Psalms 19:1)
Challenge of the day:
Today I challenge you to read the book of Geneses chapter one. In this chapter you will learn about the creation of this speck of dust that we call earth. Pay close attention to by what means God made the earth and the heavens. It will give you a clue as to how He is creating the rest of the universe.