The Enormity of God
I saw an article yesterday on Yahoo regarding a new discovery by the Hubble Telescope. Coming on the heels of the Hubble’s 22nd anniversary in space, officials announced the sighting of the largest concentration of stars ever discovered.
The Yahoo story said, "30 Doradus is the brightest star-forming region in our galactic neighborhood and home to the most massive stars ever seen," Hubble telescope officials wrote in an image description. "No known star-forming region in our galaxy is as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus."
What is really interesting is that this huge space mass is inside the Tarantula nebulia; which is inside the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is one of the smaller satellite galaxies that hover around our own Milky Way.
And to give further testimony to the enormous size of this new discovery…it is 170 million light years away…it’s width is 650 million light years…and 30 Doradus contains over 500,000 stars…so many stars, that their size would equal millions of our own sun. Just as a point of reference, a light year is the amount of distance covered in one year, traveling at the speed of light…about 6 TRILLION MILES!
Many times, we get so caught up in our own little universe that we fail to see the world beyond. We, as humans, tend to look inward, and not outward. We think “our world” is large, and yet. How many people know who we are? Would they number in the hundreds? How many might show up at our funeral…maybe a hundred? How many people would we label as a true friend…perhaps a couple dozen? How many people would we trust with our life…maybe one, or two?
While Donald Trump may be the king of New York City, he is mere speck of dust in the grand scheme of things. We are all mere specks of dust.
Yet, God does not think of us as specks of dust. He created us and the universe, and everything He touches is important to Him.
Because we spend so much time living in our own little world, we limit ourselves…and we limit God. If ever we could escape the pull of gravity we create by our own self-centeredness, we could see that the power of God is endless…just like the universe around us.