Reflection: The Wonder of Space
Our Luke 14 Tech Guy, Joe Stout, reflects on the Wonder of Space.
In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams writes about a device called "The Total Perspective Vortex." An instrument of torture, the Vortex shows it's occupant the vastness of the universe, and how inconsequential they are in comparison. The device drives people to complete and utter madness. And it's all powered by a Twinkie-like confection.
Needless to say, I want one...
All kidding aside, the Total Perspective Vortex is the perfect lead-in to my topic for this post. For as long as there have been humans, we have been drawn to space. From God's promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars to the theme of our recent week at Camp Celebrate, the heavens inspire us to wonder. Space is a showcase of the limitless nature of God, of the extent of His plan for us. In every planet, every star, every meteor, God reminds us of his infinite nature, the pure beauty of his creation, and the never-ending wonder a heart can find in Him.
One of my favorite authors, Bill Watterson, once said that "If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they'd live life a lot differently." And he is absolutely right. To Christians, the Heavens are our Total Perspective Vortex, a reminder of how small we are, and how mighty God is. Taking time to gaze into the heavens is a reminder of how mighty our God is.
But instead of destroying us, it reminds us of an even more powerful truth. God, the creator of an infinite universe reaching beyond our imagination, cares about each of us. We are the purpose of his universe. He did not create humans as an afterthought, he created the universe for us, so we could have communion with him. From the vastness of the heavens to the creek flowing through my backyard, everything God has put in front of me is a reminder of the creator. Our God is a master artist, painting our world on a canvas of nothing using only His voice, giving life to the smallest details, each one a reminder pointing us back to Him.
In space, we see the limitless nature of his power.
In the stars, we are reminded of his promise to Abraham.
In the world around us, we see reminders of the detail of a master Artist.
In His creation, we see a reflection of Him.
Our Total Perspective Vortex does not destroy us, it gives us life. In comprehending the limitless nature of God's power, we see how much he cares about each and every one of us. He created this Universe for us, so that we might find him in it. Everything around us points us back to him, if we would only look. The stars point us to a truth that surrounds us. God created our world so that we might live, that we might build a relationship with him, and experience the fullness of his love.
I challenge you to look at the stars tonight. You might start living differently.