The other day I watched a video depicting the expanse of outer space. OMW! (Oh. My. Word!) If you have a few minutes to watch it, it will help you get the picture I’d like to impart to you today.
Eternity Revealed in Neverending Vastness
The video starts in the middle of a line-up of moons, stars, and planets—left to right, smallest to largest. The picture scans right, requiring it to zoom out to include the picture of the next item. Early in the video the picture scans past the earth and as it continues it becomes clear that our earth is quite insignificant—even invisible—compared to the larger bodies in our solar system. But then the video continues to pan out farther and farther, beyond our own galaxy, indicating there are an uncountable number of other galaxies contributing to billions and billions of universes, which together make up the cosmic web.
Now how much of this has actually been discovered and how much is a result of formulaic conjecturing, I don’t know. Regardless, my amazement when watching this video remains the same. How can people who’ve come to identify this immeasurable space ever deny the existence of God? To me it’s obvious: science presents clear evidence of eternity.
Mathematicians with their number line have done the same—left and right the numbers increase and decrease into infinity.
Once again human research proves what the Bible taught us long ago. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,
God has put eternity into our hearts.
Not just into our awareness, but into the core of who we are.
And yet the very thought of the hugeness of eternity makes us feel exponentially small. Doesn’t it?
Photo by Bryan Goff on Unsplash
Eternity Revealed in the Unseen
Try this exercise with me. Picture the ending scene from the video: an organized web of a zillion universes. Now high-speed zoom in to where you find the Milky Way. Zoom further to our planet earth—that which moments ago was invisible. Then zoom even further to your country, then to your state, to your town, to your home, to you.
If you were to graph all this on a number line, make you the zero.
Now continue zooming inwardly—heading right on the number line into less than zero values.
You see, deep within your very being eternity exists. There is no ending to the person that God has created you to be.
I remember being astounded in college, not just that our bodies are built by trillions of cells invisible to the naked eye, but that each cell houses several tinier—yet powerfully essential—components. To me, God’s creation of the human cell was more miraculous than His creation of the expanse of the heavens. In fact, zooming deeper into each cell reveals our DNA—imprinted identically into every single one.
Does this not just amaze you?
So now zoom into the part of you that is so invisible scientist can’t find it. Your spirit. The place where God has implanted eternity. The temple (according to 1 Corinthians 6:19) into which God breathed Himself (Genesis 2:7).
Didn’t we, just a few days ago, celebrate when He made Himself into a tiny human, placed as a two cell embryo into the womb of a woman?
God’s infinite smallness reminds us that He is intimately acquainted with—and perfectly capable of supervising—every single detail of our lives.
Time: Measurable Snippets of Eternity
Just as the night sky, number lines, and the existence of our human spirits point to the reality of eternity, so does time. Time: an eternal element we attempt to measure and mark, lassoing it into something we can handle. Thanks to Julius Ceasar, we mark today as the beginning of a 365-24-hour time unit, calling it a new year.
If you are beginning 2018 feeling overwhelmed by the hugeness of it all, remember God’s bigger than it all. He’s got this.
And If you feel invisible and insignificant—like a big fat zero, or less—be assured, you have not escaped God’s notice. He sees you. He knows you. And He’s holds every single fractional—even invisible—detail of you lovingly, tenderly in the palm of His hand.
Happy New Year, friend.
It’s a day to celebrate God’s incomprehensible hugeness and His ungraspable smallness.
It’s also a day to acknowledge yourself as an integral part of God’s design for the world! You matter. You’re not just matter—a blob in the mix of an organized mess. You’re not an accident—a spin-off from some big explosion billions of years ago. You were intentionally planned, created, and cherished. Right here on planet earth. Right now on January 1, 2018.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You … are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
Psalm 139:1-17 (NKJV)
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