Originally published Thursday, 13 May 2021.
“Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.”Deuteronomy 10:14 ESV
Since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the twinkling of stars and the shining of the planets. I would often look into the sky on dark nights and try to take in the details and beauty. In every space of the night sky dots upon dots of light were sparkling against a pitch-black background. The longer I looked the more dots would appear. Some tiny points were almost invisible to the naked eye. Some larger shots of lights demanded my attention. Some nights, I would find the Milky Way and stare up at it, mesmerized by its wonder and beauty. Other nights I searched for the few constellations I was familiar with. What a thrill when I discovered how to identify Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.
The stars were a source of reflection and filled my young heart and mind with awe; they still do.
When doubt sneaks into my mind, I can look up into the night sky and remember that my Creator is far greater and far more imaginative than I give him credit for. The sky has always been a reminder of my finite existence as compared to an infinite and immeasurable God.
This universe, the stars, the planets, the particles of dust, the speed of light, black holes, time, gravity, matter…fascinate me. The relationship between physics and mathematics makes my head spin in exhilaration and speaks to me of things I am not able to fully comprehend. It also reminds me that there is a God who thought it all up and then…made it.
How great and mighty and wonderful and exhilarating is God! I am filled with joy and excitement when I contemplate God design of the heavens and careful way he labors over the details.
God is the mater of minutiae. If we look at just one simple plant, organism, or cell we don’t have to look hard to see how intricate creation is.
Have you ever heard of Einstein’s field equation for general relativity? Simply, to the best of my understanding, it is the equation that sums up a group of equations that reveals to us that space-time is able to be altered. John Wheeler in Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam, said it this way, “Space-time tells matter how to move, matter tells space-time how to curve.” Curve! Space and time curve!
The part that really got me excited was the idea that this field equation has been used to show that the universe is expanding at a much more accelerated rate than scientists once thought. Rather than the expansion of the universe slowing over time, it has sped up and this was contrary to what scientists initially expected to see.
I don’t begin to pretend I understand it all. It simply exhilarates me to know that God created things that we are still trying to figure out. The things that perplex us – He knows.
He is bigger than I am.
He is smarter than I am.
And I am glad that he is.
I can rest in peace knowing that he is capable and has things under control. Because I trust that he loves me, I trust that he will see me through when things are hard. I don’t understand everything that happens, or how this world and this life work all of the time. Some things don’t make sense. However, I can sleep in peace at night, while the stars twinkle above my head because I trust that my Heavenly Daddy, the one who laid the foundations of the world, is going to take care of me and all my worries in this world.
“Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the LORD has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.”Isaiah 49:13 ESV
Jacqi Kambish is a mom to three spirited children striving to balance the daily demands of parenting a child with special needs, homeschooling, and writing. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Bible Theology and Youth Ministry from William Jessup University. Jacqi lives with her family in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and enjoys reflectively writing about parenting, faith, and the joys and trials of life while leaving her readers with hope and encouragement. You can find her on Facebook.