All of my life I’ve been fascinated by space, time and the cosmos. When I was very young we lived in a city that had a planetarium and we would visit about once a year. I remember reclining in the chair as the room would go black and the ceiling would become the sky above – lit up by a million stars. It was dazzling. And mind boggling.
Lately there have been a couple of programs on TV, “The Universe” and “The Cosmos” – both of which concentrate and attempt to explain some of the mind boggling science that is so fascinating. It really is interesting to learn the origins and brilliant minds who took the first steps toward the future – glimpsing a world beyond our own planet and then setting about to prove the existence of other planets, stars and galaxies. Things that we know today, were hardly believed possible several hundred years ago.
Like anything where information is proved, it brings about more questions. And even more awe. Tiny little me. On an obscure planet, in a tiny solar system – one of trillions in the known universe. Am I unique? How can this even be possible? And yet, try as hard as they might – even with all the sophisticated equipment to measure, calculate and speculate – they still cannot find life on any other planet. We are unique. We are special. Created by a loving heavenly father – who fashioned our earth to sustain very specific conditions – not found on any other planet. Specific conditions to have living breathing human beings, animals and plant life as well as all kinds of fish in the oceans and birds in the air.
Am I special? Do I matter in the larger scheme of things? With swirling galaxies, shooting stars and incredible heat and cold, things WAY bigger, faster and much more intimidating than me. Why does God care about me when I’m so small and insignificant? In Isaiah we read:
Look up into the heavens! Who created all these stars? As a shepherd leads his sheep,calling each by its pet name, and counts them to see that none are lost or strayed, so God does with stars and planets! (Living Bible)
Do you know how many stars there are? Scientists are always discovering new galaxies and stars – even millions of light years away. And yet God knows each of them by name? And yet I know from what the Bible tells me, that He takes a personal interest in me. Size and strength don’t mean anything to God. He creates at will, possesses incredible strength and artistry not to mention attention to the smallest detail of creation. Here in Luke 12 we read:
“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.…
If God cares so much about naming the stars and clothing the lilies in beautiful colors – plants and flowers that are here for a few days and then gone, many of which are never seen, then He surely cares about me. In fact the Bible tells that he not only created mankind to have a special relationship with Him with choice to love Him – but that He also came to earth Himself in the form of His son Jesus. He did this because of our poor choices and rebellion against God putting us on a dangerous and deadly road destined to an eternity separated from Him. In Romans 5:8 we read:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Amazing. Mind-blowing. Love.
How do I fit into the cosmos?
Bottom line: I am a creation of vast importance to God. So much so that the God of the universe creating things so far away, I will never even see or know they are there actually came to earth on my behalf. He came in human form to relate with me. He demonstrated His love toward me by teaching me how to live and then dying for me so that I can live.
I am unique. And special. And so are you.