Comprehending the Incomprehensible

“He dwells (all of Him dwells) within the seed of the smallest flower and is not cramped: Deep Heaven is inside Him who is inside the seed and does not distend Him. Blessed be He!”  -C.S. Lewis, Perelandra

I spent a weekend, once, at a Christian astronomy conference learning about the stars, galaxies, and supernovas that sparkle in our night sky. I learned how small Earth is in this infinite universe and how puny I was on this grand planet. My mind was stretched, trying to comprehend the vastness of space. Larger and larger objects were introduced, first compared to the Earth, then the sun, then our solar system, then our galaxy… Soon, earth was no longer even a pixel on the screen.

On the last day of the conference, the presenter switched focus and brought home a powerful point. Using a video, he took us on a 100 million light year journey away from earth, then back again, diving into a 0.000001 ångstrom microscopic zoom. My mind, focused on the boundlessness of space, was blown again as the camera kept zooming in and in and in…

The God who created the stars for signs and for seasons, for days and for years also created the beautiful, logical, microscopic world. While astronomers discover new planets, galaxies, and other phenomena, biologists and chemists discover new elements, new species, and the patterns of nature.

“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” Psalm 111:2 ESV

Photo Credit: NASA


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