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By Christine Pitts
One thing I love about going to Cornwall is that the camp site where we stay is fairly free of light pollution which means that on a clear night you can see 100’s of stars twinkling away in the sky, this always gives me such a thrill and fills me with absolute awe at God’s amazing creation, of which we actually know very little about. Our solar system, the Milky Way, is just one of over 100 billion galaxies in the universe, and is nearly 5 billion years old. It consists of the sun, 8 planets, 160 moons that we know about, hundreds of thousands of asteroids, comets, dust, gas, and about 200 billion stars, and is spinning at a rate of 225 kilometres per second, at the same time we are travelling through space at 305 kilometres per second, which means we are travelling at 530 kilometres (330 miles) per second!
The vastness of space is just impossible for our human brains to take in and understand, but scientists are discovering more and more amazing things all the time. In March 2004 a robotic space probe called Rosetta was launched by the European Space Agency to perform a detailed study of a comet. In August this year (2014) it finally neared the comet and became the first spacecraft ever to orbit a comet. This month (November) it is hoped to actually land the spacecraft on the comet, something that has never been achieved before, and it will search for organic compounds which they believe may help to discover the beginnings of life on earth.
Other scientific research is being carried out on Mars, the Red Planet. In September two robots landed on Mars and have been beaming images back to earth, they are studying the atmosphere to see whether there was once life on Mars, it’s thought that discoveries found in rocks could be fossils of microscopic living things, so we might not be the only planet that has had life on it.
The most amazing thing of all is that although God created everything – the vastness of space, the beauty of the earth with all its variety: mountains, seas, rivers, plants, animals, birds, fish, tiny microscopic creatures to huge whales, etc. – we are told in Ephesians 1:4 that even before the creation of the world God chose each one of us, and he chose us because he loves us, not because we’ve done anything to deserve his love but because of his grace and because it gives him great pleasure to adopt us into his own family as his children through Jesus Christ. When we think about how enormous our world and the universe is, we are just a tiny minute, almost insignificant part of it and yet God knows everything about us, he even knows when we sit or stand, he knows what we are going to say before we actually say it, every moment he knows where we are and what we’re doing (Psalm 139) That is such a humbling thought and all we can do is marvel and thank him for making each one of us so wonderfully complex and beautiful.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
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