Red Rose Galaxy?              

A Devotional Snapshot


by God's Little Boy
© 2014
Posted 12/17/14



One day, I made myself a cup of Red Rose tea. I opened a packet of stevia sweetener poured it in and gave it a stir. Within seconds, a tiny spiral shaped "galaxy" formed before my eyes. I immediately thought of the verse in Psalm 8:3-4

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?"

I ran to get my camera and snapped this image as it was beginning to dissolve. Consider the heavens with all of the stars that God has made and set in place. Our own Milky Way galaxy contains about 100 billion stars and is millions of trillions of miles in diameter. Beyond this there are about 100 billion galaxies within the visible known universe. Astronomers estimate that there are collectively more than 300 billion trillion stars among those galaxies. (3 followed by 23 zeros) It brings to mind one of the great understatements of the Bible where in Genesis 1:16 it says, "He made the stars also."

Psalm 8 called this creation of God the work of his fingers. Was it as easy for God to sprinkle out the stars across billions of light years as it was for me to stir my tea? Yes, it was. And the sheer immensity of these things tells us of the awesome immensity of God. How awesome in power must he be; the one who made and calls each of the stars by name?

"He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite." (Psalm 147:4-5)

"Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing." (Isaiah 40:26)

He has set the stars in place that we may see and consider these things that all point to him. As we exist on a tiny speck of earthly matter in this vast sea of stars we can be sure that the other things the Bible tells us are true as well. God is not only immense and mighty, but also loving and merciful. As amazing as the heavens are, God's deepest affections are for man whom he has created. His greatest desire is that you may be reconciled to him.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

May the God that moves the stars in their courses move your heart to know his goodness and great love toward you.





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