The Wonder of the Universe


My computer at the office has Google as it’s primary search engine. When I turn it on I get any number of news stories to click on if I’m interested.

Last week there was a story about the Hubble Deep Field Telescope. I’m not an astrologer, but I’m always fascinated to look at images taken from outer space.

The image I saw was remarkable. It was a photograph shown in the shape of a square. Inside the square was an indicator aimed at a single point of light.  This point of light made up a tiny fraction of the entire photograph. The point of light was an area of space containing some 10,000 galaxies. Let that sink in for a minute.

I’m no astrologer, but I do know that our planet Earth is part of a solar system orbiting a single star we call the Sun. This single star is but one of millions of stars in our galaxy that we call the Milky Way.

Now try getting your head around a single point of light in one photograph filled with such points of light and learning that there are 10,000 galaxies in that tiny dot. And don’t forget, that single, square-shaped photograph is but a fraction of the known universe.

I suppose what I’m getting at is the enormity of the universe we inhabit. And I am frequently perplexed at how any thinking person could see something like the images from the Hubble Deep Space telescope and walk away believing there is no “Mind” behind it all. That somehow our existence and the existence of this enormous universe is a happy accident.

I think the complexities and the mysteries of nature are the surest proof of a Creator. And even more amazing is the idea that--as far as we know so far--our tiny planet is the only one to have life.  

Maybe one day we will discover that there are other places that have life. That would be thrilling. And remembering a really nice line from the movie “Contact” starring Jodie Foster, when asked if she believed there was life elsewhere in the universe by an elementary-aged student she replied, “Well if there isn’t, it seems like an awful waste of space.”