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The Edge of the Universe

To get an idea how vast the universe is—and how wondrous it is that God fills it all with His presence—let's take a mental journey to the edge of the universe.  Let's take this journey at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second (per second, not hour). "One thousand one"—in the time it took me to say that, at the speed of light you would have traveled more than 7 times around the Earth! That's how fast we'll be traveling. Ready? Let's go: 

  • Whoosh! Traveling at the speed of light, we reach the edge of our Solar System on the day we left it. We're making good time, and we might think that we're going to reach the edge of the universe before long. But…. 
  • After leaving our Solar System, it will take 5 and ½ light years (5 and ½ years of traveling at 186,000 miles per second) to reach the nearest stars to our sun, the Alpha Centauri System. And our journey has just begun…. 
  • It will take 100,000 light years to reach the point where—looking back from our mental spaceship—we can view the spiral shape of our own Milky Way Galaxy. 
  • It will take 5 million light years to reach the point where—looking back—we can view the cluster of galaxies the Milky Way is a part of, known as the Local Group. 

  • It will take 14 billion light years (14 billion years traveling at 186,000 miles per second) to journey to the edge of the universe, the point where—looking back—we make out the large-scale structure of the universe. (And we really haven't reached the end of the universe; it is still expanding.)

     Do you get a sense of how incomprehensibly vast our universe is, and how amazing it is that God fills it all? But Isaiah said, "He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in" (Isaiah 40:22). The whole universe is the "tent" God lives in.

    Reference: The Privileged Planet, DVD, by Illustra Media

  • God, If You're Out There….?

    "Please go out on the porch and get me the broom," a mother said to her little girl. 

    "I don't want to," the little girl said. 

    "Go and get the broom," the mother repeated. 

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    Look for God's Presence

    Do a quick experiment. Look around you and find three items with blue in them: blue shirts or pants, blue Bibles, blue purses, whatever. What happens after a few seconds of doing that? Everything with blue in it begin... [Read More]

    You Go in There with God

    A thunderstorm hit. A loud clap of thunder woke a four-year old girl and sent her running to her parents' bedroom. "I'm scared," she said. "Can I sleep with you, Mommy and Daddy?" The sleep... [Read More]