Dear Mosaic Family,
As I prepared for this Sunday's message I ran across this humbling ride through the universe by Avery Willis and I wanted to share it with you. In it, we read of the vastness of the cosmos and marvel at the greater immensity of God. Please enjoy a ride on through the universe.
“Step on a rocket with me and catch a glimpse of the greatness of God. We travel at the speed of light, 186,282 miles per second. As we blast off, our seats afford us a clear view of Earth. One second later Earth has dropped away until it appears no larger than a huge balloon. In two seconds we have shot past the moon and stolen a glance at the now-famous moon shot of earth. Eight and one-half minutes later we pass the sun. Earth appears to be a speck 93 million miles away in the darkness of space. Five hours later we leave our solar system and can no longer distinguish earth from myriads of other planets and stars.
After four years of travel at the speed of light, we zip by the nearest star, Alpha Centauri. For almost 100,000 years we travel across the Milky Way, our own galaxy. After that, we travel another 1,500,000 years before we reach the Great Nebula, most distant of the six other galaxies in what astronomers call the Local Group.
Up to this point, we might compare our journey to a family traveling across the country whose five-year-old asks before they get out of town, 'How much farther is it?' In the great vastness of space, we must travel at least 4,500 million years at the speed of light before we begin to reach the area of the universe that cannot be seen with telescopes from our planet. And who knows how much lies beyond?
Yet Isaiah says God "hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span." He measures space by the width of his hand... "The heavens declare the glory of God," but only a bit of it. When we compare God’s infiniteness with our limitations of time and space, we say with the psalmist, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"
-Avery T. Willis, The Biblical Basis of Missions
I encourage you to worship with us tomorrow as we seek to know our infinite God as best we can in the first sermon of our series, "Knowing God."
Join us for worship tomorrow!
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