Most of us won’t go very far down a particular mental path. I get it, because thinking very long about this subject can make you feel like you are losing your toehold on the ground where you stand…
On the flip side, though, the more you contemplate this, no matter how great you see God’s power, it will look far greater. I guarantee it.
You see, we are meant to be awed and completely blown away by the mind-boggling size and complexity of our universe. So, let’s be awed. Let’s let God blow us away.
I posted this last year but very few of you read it. Maybe because there are numbers involved. I will do all the math, though. All you have to do is follow along.
Light travels at 186,000 miles per second and there are 31,557,600 seconds in a year. If you multiply those two numbers you come up with almost six trillion miles. That is one light year. That’s a huge number, so huge in fact that most of us don’t realize the immensity of it.
So, let’s get some perspective. Buckle up now, cause this will blow your mind. A standard piece of notebook paper is around 5/1,000 of an inch thick or .005 of an inch. So, one thousand sheets measure out to five inches, one million sheets is five thousand inches or almost four hundred seventeen feet, one billion sheets is almost four hundred seventeen thousand feet or 78.914 miles. Are you following me? A stack of one billion sheets of paper would reach almost seventy-nine miles into our stratosphere, beyond it actually, into our mesosphere. I just learned that word.
Okay, brace yourself. A stack of one trillion sheets of your standard notebook paper would stretch almost 79,000 miles into space, a third of the way to the moon. Six trillion sheets would reach almost four hundred seventy three thousand miles, twice the distance from the moon to the earth. That is six trillion times the thickness of a piece of paper. I am not wrong; check my math if you like.
Now… try imagining six trillion miles! That is one single light year; ONE!
You better sit down. I don’t want to be responsible for any injuries if you pass out. According to NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope has detected a galaxy over thirteen billion light years away.
No human can say for sure but it appears from our spec of a galaxy that our universe is infinite; it never ends, unimaginable as that is. So, really, the numbers don’t matter at all. A space telescope capable of seeing a hundred trillion times as far as the Hubble will see no closer to infinity?
Sometimes, when I ponder the unending immensity of this universe, I feel like I am shrinking. The further my imagination travels into infinity the smaller I become and soon I will be in danger of disappearing altogether. If you walked that mathematical path with me, I know you understand.
I think, though, that feeling smaller because we have a slightly better understanding of infinity is backwards. Because the Creator of our never ending universe treasures us. That is awesome enough, right? But that is nothing, because the love He has for us is as infinite as this universe, as infinite as forever! We shouldn’t be shrinking–we should be growing, because the Infinitely Powerful God has a love for us that never ends.
How Awesome Is Our God? There are no words. Let’s just say–INFINITELY AWESOME! It is as close as we can get.