|Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Dalcanton, |
The other day I was looking at pictures of the universe from the Hubble telescope and was astounded at the vastness of space. I began to think about our universe, which is comprised of myriads of galaxies, stars and planets and solar systems. Each of these is composed of various substances that are themselves made of atoms. The atoms in turn are comprised of protons, electrons and neutrons. These atomic particles are made up of sub-atomic particles called quarks. For reference, the diameter of a proton is about a milimeter divided by a thousand billion. The quark is smaller than that. So the vastness of the universe is simply a collection of infinitesimally small components joined together to create a cohesive whole.
Then I thought about plants. We have many beautiful, large old oak trees in our city. They are large trees, but at one time, they each were a single tiny acorn. By the same token, tiny seeds planted with thoughts of the spring, turn into large plants bearing fruit in the summer.
The same is true of us. As adults, we consider ourselves big. But before we were adults, we were teenagers and before that we were children. Before we were children we were babies. Before we were born, we were fetuses (the time of fetal development from 8 weeks to birth.) Before we were fetuses, we were a collection of cells known as a blastocyst. Before that we were the two celled union of sperm and egg, called a zygote. A zygote is roughly about 0.4 milimeters. We were very, very tiny.
It seems as though all things that we perceive as "big" are either comprised of tiny things, or was at one time tiny.
Except God. He has always been big.
"Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable." Psalms 145:3
He has always been what He is. He has always been big. King Solomon, the wisest of all men, stated:
"But will God in very deed dwell with me on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house which I have built!" 2 Chronicles 6:18
God has never been small. He has always been as He is now. He has always been great. He has always been God. He has always been.
"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God." Psalm 90:2
This fills my heart with great comfort. Each of us in our lifetimes will experience some very great things, some which seem wonderful and some which seem tragic. Our God, Who never changes, will be there with us for each of these if we have trusted in Him. And He will always be the same. He will always be great. He will always be bigger than us, and bigger than any problem we encounter. And He will always be for us. The Apostle Paul asked the question well, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31.)
So the next time we face what appears to be an insurmountable problem, or we peer into a night sky and view the vastness of space, let us remember that our God is bigger than anything. Bigger than our problems, bigger than our galaxy, bigger than our fears. He is great and His greatness is unsearchable.
For Thou art great and doest wondrous things: Thou are God alone."
"Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable."