Posted by: Randall Niles | October 25, 2008

The Glory of it All!

There are two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.

(Albert Einstein)


On the clearest night, with a full sky in view, about 1,030 bodies of light can be counted with the naked eye. It was that way 4,000 years ago, and it’s the same today.


About 400 years ago, Galileo invented the first telescope. At that point, about 3,310 bodies of light were visible. Incredibly, Galileo’s technology more than tripled our awareness of the awesome spectacle in the cosmos.


Today, the Hubble Space Telescope and various land-based telescopes and radio antennas have “seen” approximately 100 billion stars in our own Milky Way Galaxy alone! If you think that’s huge, astronomers now estimate that there may be 100 billion galaxies in our universe! That’s 100,000,000,000 x 100,000,000,000 stars!


Throughout the centuries, people would look to the heavens at night and stare in utter amazement. To them, God was real and powerful – They were constantly reminded of His glory!


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

(Psalm 19:1)


A feeling of utter awe was generated by 1,030 specks of light in the night sky!


It seems that over the last hundred years or so, we’ve become numb to God’s creation. We can go many nights without even looking up. We walk from our offices and schools to our cars… we walk from our cars to our homes and televisions…


Many of us have become passive creatures with no time for simple wonderment.


Well, it’s time to wake up and be amazed again… It’s time to behold the utter awe of God’s glorious creation!


I share Einstein’s affirmation that anyone who is not lost on the rapturous awe

at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe ‘is as good as a burnt out candle.’

(Madeleine L’Engle)


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