To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows his handiwork.”

Captain Kirk was fighting Klingons when I would come home after school as a youth.  The Enterprise was exploring the vastness of space.  And Spock was using his Vulcan powers to defeat hostile aliens.  I remember I couldn’t wait until Star Trek came on.

The show gave us the famous line, “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”  We still haven’t gone there, but the Hubble space telescope has given us fantastic glimpses from the unexplored vastness of the universe.  

Most recently the society posted images of galaxies millions of light-years away.  Some of these galaxies are interacting with each other.  Some stand alone.  Some have unique positions and angles.  We’ve also seen stars which have exploded, planets 50 times the size of Jupiter, and evidence of black holes.

Amazing isn’t strong enough of a word to describe these images.  They are truly spectacular.  There are leaps of light, planets playing, and galaxies dancing.

The images Hubble has given us expand our thinking about the universe.  The enormity of the universe our planet lives in is almost frightening. As such these images make you feel really small.  We are less than microscopic as humans when compared to the vastness of the space.  

There are two ways to view a look into our night sky.  One is to view it with the idea of God and the other is to view it without him.  A college professor in my Iowa State days suggested no education is finished until a person has laid down on their back in an open field on a clear night and pondered these two questions.  I’ve taken the opportunity to do it many times.  The answer is always clear to me.  But I think he and I would have had different conclusions.

The psalmist tells us the universe is but a declaration of the handiwork of God.  Thus to a person of faith, we see the stars as fingerprints of the Creator.  He has placed all these fantastic creations for us to know he exists.  Some would say, “well if he exists, why doesn’t he reveal himself”? 

The response is, “He already has.”

(for more fantastic images from Hubble go to www.hubblesite.org)

(credit for images goes to NASA and STSci)

 

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2 Responses

  1. Hey Shawn,

    How’s the ankle? I’m getting close to finishing at Tech. I’m still not running or riding. Did you figure out your nerve problem?

    TW

  2. I have always really enjoyed Ps 19. Thanks for the refreshing reminder.
    B

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