With what little we know about the universe, scientists have come up with an approximation as to its size. The current belief is that it spans some 93,000,000,000 light years but even that isn’t static. Scientists say that the universe is constantly growing.
So, what does 93 billion light years look like? It’s hard to fathom. Look at it this way. Light travels at approximately 186,282 miles per second. To put that in perspective, the earth is 24,901 miles in circumference. At the speed of light we would orbit the earth approximately 7.5 times in a second. That’s a little faster than your Chevy Nova!
Now factor 93,000,000,000 x 186,282 and you have a very rough estimate of how large the universe our universe is in miles. Can you do that math?
For countless generations men have gazed at the sky in wonder. With only what the naked eye can see, the number of stars are seemingly countless. Yet over the past few centuries of technological development, scientists are plunging into new levels of discovery. The more that we come to understand, the more realize how little understanding we truly have.
To put it simply, the vastness of the universe is incomprehensible to the human mind. Planet Earth is little more than a tiny dot in a sea of dots. Charting such vastness is impossible.
Yet Psalm 147:4 reminds us that God determines the number of stars and that He calls each one by name. Isaiah observes in chapter 40 verse 22 that God stretches out the heavens like a canopy and spreads them like a tent to live in. No wonder the heavens declare the glory of God! (Psalm 19:1).
Considering the vastness of the universe makes us seem pretty small, doesn’t it? It’s more than how we feel, it’s what we are… small.
Now consider this. The same God who created and stretched this vast tapestry that we call the universe knows us better than we know ourselves. Psalm 139:13 says that He created our inmost being and knit us together in our mother’s wombs. Jeremiah 1:5 proclaims that before we were formed He knew us. Jesus tells us that even the hairs on our heads are numbered, (Luke 12:7).
It’s all mind boggling to say the least. Yet in our skewed perspectives we often envision the world revolves around us and we are smack dab in the center of the universe. The bubble bursting is over. The universe is far too vast for you or I to comprehend and we are hardly a factor in the grand scheme of things.
I wonder then, why do we put God into a box? We can’t even grasp the sheer magnitude of His creation and yet we limit Him as our Creator.
Based on the scripture, I can say proof positive that God already has intimate knowledge of us. Before the beginning of time He knew the day in which we would be born. He knew the color of our eyes and hair. He knew how many cavities would form in our teeth. He knew the number of freckles on our bodies. He knows us from the inside out. We may see our parents our our spouse as the ones with the most intimate knowledge of who we are but they can’t even scratch the surface of what God knows!
Now, what if I were to tell you that the one that created this vast universe and yet knows you so well wants you to know Him? It’s true. He does want you to know Him. God is not only mighty and powerful. He is GOOD. He is without flaw. His character is beyond reproach. You don’t need me to tell you that ours is not.
So He sent His Son, Jesus, to pave the way for intimate relationship. He laid His life down so that we may receive forgiveness. He demonstrates not just His might through creation but His compassion through sacrifice.
Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve even considered God but He remembers you each day. He loves you. He wants a relationship with you not just today but forevermore. The Creator of the universe is calling to you now. What will your answer be?
~ Mitch Salmon