This morning I read several chapters of Isaiah. I was struck by a number of verses but one I had not noticed before stood out.
Isaiah 40:26, 'Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.'
The prophet is, of course, referring to the stars in the night sky. Little did he realise the sheer number he was referring to. On the Alpha Course, Nicky Gumbel speaks of the throw away line in Genesis 1:16, 'He also made the stars.' These verses are easy to overlook as unless we are astronomers, the stars are not a big feature of our lives.
However, A friend of mine shared this video of the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest neighbour to our Milky Way. The video is of the most detailed photograph ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The video zooms in on the photograph to unveil extraordinary detail of a portion of the Andromeda Galaxy. The deeper we move into the photograph, the more stars are revealed. There are over 100 million stars in the portion of the galaxy photographed. What look like brighter stars are in fact, clusters of thousands of stars.
The sheer scale of this image is breathtaking. Realising that is of a small part of the galaxy even more so. But then, when you realise that there are over 100 billion galaxies in our universe, Genesis 1:16 seems like the most understated and misrepresented sentence in history!
The scale of our universe is incomprehensible. However, it is more comprehensible than the God who created it. When we lift up our eyes to the night sky, we stand in awe of the source of all creation and we realise that our vast vocabulary simply cannot do justice to represent the great and wonderful God that we serve.
Blessing and increase,