Hello, it is Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.
When I was young, I thought I would grow up to be a rock and roll singer, a movie star, or a race car driver. At least those were the three things that appealed to me, and race car driver is what appealed to me most.
I love speed. I always have. When I was 14 years old, I was with an older girlfriend in her Camaro. It was a bit “souped up” and a fellow driver challenged us to a short race. By the time we were done her speedometer had reached 110. Wow was that thrilling. Dangerous but thrilling. But why do some people have the “need for speed”?
According to scienceabc.com as you ‘floor’ the pedal, there is a sudden spurt of adrenaline in your body, which in turn has many effects: your blood pressure rises instantly, your heartbeat races, your body temperature rises, and you can feel a slight tingling in your limbs.
We live in a time where everything is expected to be done quickly. We praise the fastest sprinter, revere the fastest swimmer, crave the fastest race cars, admire the fastest airplanes, and demand the fastest Wi-Fi … the list goes on and on. There are countless movies, TV shows, web series, and advertisements that try to tap into this human obsession with speed.
But if I stop and think about it, at any given moment in time, I am traveling in a circular motion at over 1,000 miles per hour. Plant earth is an amazing planet, constantly in motion. On top of that, our orbital speed as we travel around the sun each year, is 67,000 miles per hour, traveling the distance of about 1.6 million miles EVERY SINGLE DAY. (Source: space.com) That is crazy to think about!
We are hurtling through space at speeds I can hardly comprehend. Of course, everything and everyone would be flung off such a fast-spinning globe if it were not for gravity.
Gravity (from Latin gravitas 'weight'), or gravitation, is a natural phenomenon by which all things with mass or energy—including planets, stars, galaxies, and even light—are attracted to (or gravitate toward) one another. On Earth, gravity gives weight to physical objects, and the Moon's gravity causes the tides of the oceans. The gravitational attraction of the original gaseous matter present in the Universe caused it to begin coalescing and forming stars and caused the stars to group together into galaxies, so gravity is responsible for many of the large-scale structures in the Universe. Gravity has an infinite range, although its effects become weaker as objects get farther away. (Source: Wikipedia)
In addition, there are 88 officially recognized constellations. The most recognizable for me is the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, which are a part of a constellation. I can still remember my dad pointing them out in the night sky when I was very young. The Big Dipper (called the Plough in the United Kingdom) is the brightest part of Ursa Major. Ursa Major, also known as the Great Bear, is the largest constellation in the northern hemisphere’s sky. It is the third largest of the 88. Ursa Minor is known as the Little Dipper because its seven brightest stars seem to form the shape of a dipper, ladle or scoop. The star at the end of the Little Dipper handle is Polaris or the North Star. The distance from earth to the North Star, according to NASA is 430 light years away or 2 billion miles. (Source nasa.gov)
But wait, there’s more.
If you do an online search asking how many galaxies are in our universe, the answer is right around two trillion. According to niceplanets.org, currently, the observable Universe, which has a radius of 46.5 billion light years, seems to contain at least two trillion galaxies. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is just one among these numerous galaxies, and it isn’t even considered a big galaxy.
These are numbers we cannot wrap our head around, at least I cannot. Speed, numbers, distance…it is just so HUGE! And to think that our God created it all!
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:3 NKJV
Every single star, planet and galaxy is in its place; hung there by God. And, He has named each one of them.
Job 26:7 “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.” NKJV
Have you ever been out on a clear night and just gazed up at the night sky? I hear Montana is a special place to do that, but anywhere, on a clear night, away from city lights, look up.
“Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing.” Isaiah 40:26 NKJV
When I think of the nothingness that must have been space at one point and how God spoke these things into existence, it really blows my mind.
Psalm 33:6 tells us that God breathed them into existence. Can we really wrap our mind around that kind of a God?
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.”
How can anyone deny the existence of a Creator, when they look at the sky at night?
Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit (give attention to, or care for) him?” NKJV
Jeremiah 10:12 “He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.” NKJV
Colossians 1:16 “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible…All things were created through Him and for Him.” NKJV
There are dozens and dozens of verses talking about our Creator God. A God that big, surely can handle our problems and heartaches when they arise. He is all powerful; all knowing; all caring; all loving. He is a big, big God and He cares so much for each of us.
I have said it before, and I say it again as a reminder to myself, God is in control. It may not look like it or feel like it, but that is where faith comes in. God is in control. Nothing happens that He is not aware of. Nothing sneaks by Him or gets past Him. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He has existed forever.
Millions, billions, trillions, quadrillions, quintillions, octillions, googols, googolplex’s, googolplexians…
Let’s look at that number: “Googolplexian”
“Googolplexian which is 10 to the power of 10 to the power of 10 to the power of 100, which means it is 10 to the power of Googolplex. In Googolplexian there are so many digits in the power itself that it can't be written due to the lack of space in the observable universe. Since we can't even denote the number of powers in this number forget about writing the actual the number and don't even think of understanding the Googolplexian. It is just too big to be understood by the human brain. (Source: educationaltechs.com)
Is Googolplex the largest number we know of? No! There is Graham’s Number and Rayo’s Number and beyond and, God has existed that long and still longer.
A Being that has existed for eternity; a being that IS love, can handle our problems. We can trust Him! The only question is, will we?
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV