He Commands the Universe
Well, that’s it for another week. It wasn’t a bad week at work. The freight was light to middling. The truck worked very well. Perhaps, I should add — for the uninitiated, I am a courier delivery driver. Right now, I’m at home sitting on our very comfortable couch watching a very Informative and entertaining picture show about solar mass ejection. A solar mass ejection is a very serious sun storm, that can cause serious damage here on earth. The greatest potential for damage on earth is to our electrical grids.
I truly enjoy these programs about space and planets within our universe. For me, it is truly the most fascinating topic there is. To think about the vastness of space and distances that can only be measured in light years offers a perspective that is often very difficult to wrap our human brains around. Moreover, to think that the former member in good standing of our planetary group — now known as a dwarf planet — is almost three billion miles away from us is absolutely astounding. The surface temperature of Pluto is approximately -230 Celsius. Pretty cold huh?
Take the planet Jupiter, for example. This planet has over three hundred times the mass of the earth. In fact, you could fit more than eleven earths onto Jupiter. It has what is called “the Great Red Spot”. This is actually a storm that would completely cover the earth, and has been brewing for hundreds of years. Imagine a storm lasting that long here on earth. Generations of humans would be born, raised, grow old and die in constant storming weather. Is it still raining out? How many times in your lifetime would you hear that question, if we lived in the same circumstance?
Then there’s Venus. It has a surface temperature of around 480 degrees C, rains sulphuric acid,and spins backwards(retrograde rotation) compared to the other planets. For mankind, this means that if we survived the acid rain, and extreme temperatures, and built our dream cottage on Venus, we would see the sun rise in the west and set in the east. How bizarre is that. Straight out of the twilight zone.
To think that the outer edge of our solar system, that birthplace of comets and asteroids known as the Oort Cloud, is three light years from us (that’s approximately 18 trillion miles) is absolutely mind boggling. This is the extent of our sun’s gravitational influence. After that, it’s outer space or rather interstellar space.
This is only the beginning of the miracle we know as our solar system — our little corner of the Milky Way galaxy. I haven’t even begun to explore interstellar or intergalactic space. To think that our galaxy the Milky Way, is up to 120,000 light years across, that is 120,000x 6,000,000,000,000. How many fill-ups would your car take to drive that distance? It is estimated,through quantitative research,to contain up to 4 billion stars. Imagine the sight — four billion stars lighting up the sky.
As well, it is believed that there are over 120 billion galaxies in the observable universe. That is just the “observable universe” in which we see. Some theorists think that there are possibly a sea of universes floating around out there. The possibilities are endless. Planets made of compressed carbon as giant diamonds floating through space. Solar systems galore floating around those trillions of stars. Life, life,and more life that is potentially very different from the life we know here on earth. Worm holes, time travel, parallel universes and more is nothing short of absolutely fascinating.
But most of all, our God is an awesome God. He created all this wonder that we call the universe. His presence is seen in each and every one of those stars, the moon, and planets that surround us. We don’t need to know why. He gave us enough of a brain to understand that He commands the universe. But the one point we also need to recognize is how much He still loves us. Praise Jesus today.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” (Genesis 1:1-5)