Published August 15, 2017
I wrote the following five years ago. Re-reading it today I was struck once again with awe at the Creator's greatness.
"The Creator's Creation"
This summer's "big vacation" for Shelia and me was a bus trip to New England, especially New Hampshire and Vermont.
A highlight for me was our visit to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, the highest mountain peak on the East coast. We rode the cog railway up to the summit, and that was, for me, extra special (because I thoroughly enjoy trains).
Wow. We had perfect weather. In fact, even the "locals" were saying it was an uncommonly beautiful day. Just the previous day, visitors had been drenched by thunderstorms that rumbled through. And, believe it or not, just two weeks before our June visit, they had snow!
The view from the mountain's peak was breathtaking. One could see the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Vermont and even north into Canada. Only a light haze to the East on the day of our visit, we're told, kept us from seeing all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
How can anyone look at all of this and not sense the handiwork of the Creator? I am reminded of those words in the hymn, "How Great Thou Art:"
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze...
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
The Psalmist expressed his awe this way: "When I consider... the work of Your fingers...." (Ps. 8:3). Breathtaking!
And those works extend far beyond planet earth. A new book out by author J. Paul Hutchins is called "Hubble Reveals Creation by an Awe-Inspiring Power." In it, Hutchins recounts some of the amazing findings of the Hubble Space Telescope over the past two decades. With it, scientists have been able to view deeper and farther into space than ever before.
Interestingly, all that this additional information has done is to show astronomers that there's much more to the universe than they even suspected. Man now knows of 125 billion galaxies, each galaxy (such as our own Milky Way) composed of countless stars and solar systems. Astronomers in Australia say there are ten times more stars in the visible universe than all the grains of sand on the world's beaches and deserts. Now that is completely beyond human comprehension.
As Hutchins puts it, "Such inconceivable numbers provoke the question; how could mortal man comprehend, or begin to wrap his head around the total collective energy emitted by 70 septillion stars, when our own sun can blister our skin from 93 million miles away? The logical conclusion would be what Einstein once concluded; this unimaginable power ... is Supernatural in nature."
"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork" (Psalm 19:1).
Creation demands a Creator. How foolish to think otherwise. Yet, despite all the unimaginable things He has created, God loves you and He loves me individually. The Psalmist marveled, "What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?" (Ps. 8:4).
The Creator of the entire universe knows you and loves you individually. And all He asks is that you love Him, too (Mark 12:33, John 14:21, 1 John 5:3). What's more, He's anxious to show believers even more of His creation than has ever been seen: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Cor. 2:9).
The Creator has never stopped creating. And, I believe, never will.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me with Your generous Spirit" (Ps. 51:10,12).
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