Carl Sagan once said that there are more stars in our universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth.
There are an estimated 1,000 billion billion stars in the observable universe. Let's assume a typical sand grain is about 0.5 mm in diameter. If you gathered up as many grains of sand as there are stars in the universe into a big ball, it would be a sphere with a radius of almost 2 miles. That's a big ball of sand. And I like the shape of that.
There are a lot of stars in the universe.
You may want to read The Size of the Universe & Practicing the Presence of God.
When I look at the stars in the night sky, I am amazed of how much we're uncertain.
96% is Unknown
Physicists say the observable universe makes up only 4% of the entire universe. That includes all of the stars, galaxies, clouds, planets, comets, dust, etc. The rest - 96% of the universe - is called dark matter and dark energy. Invisible stuff. Unseen. We're uncertain of what makes up most of the universe. We really have no idea what's going on.
My observations seem to agree. There's much more going on than what I can see.
I don't believe in anything simply because I heard someone say it. I don't believe in things simply because it is found written in religious books. I don't believe in anything merely on the authority of others. I believe by observation, thought, and reason. So, let's think about what we see, and not see, in our world.
Martin Luther said that God is not just in the Bible, but is also found in the trees, the flowers, the clouds, and the stars. In the crisp, clean air of Boulder, Colorado, I see the stars almost every night. The stars are amazing. They remind us of how vast God's presence is - not just throughout the universe, but also within each of us.
Men travel great distances to climb snow-capped mountains, sail wavy seas, gaze across lands, ride wild rivers, and dive deep oceans. But we tend to pass by ourselves, not stopping to wonder about our connection to the universe.
God is Everywhere
Might it be that God is everywhere present and unseen? Yes. What we actually see are the manifestations of God, as Martin Luther said. God is a universal presence. Quantum physicists refer to an infinite field of invisible potentiality. Hm. Same thing. We cannot see God with our eyes. Why? Because God is Spirit. God is invisible to the human eye. No one has ever seen God. But we know, we believe, God is always present, with us, around us, in us. God is spirit (John 4:24). What else is God? Man? No. Woman? No. Is God Jesus? No. Is God religion? Certainly not. God is energy, everywhere, unlimited, eternal, powerful, joy, peace, love. God is unconditional love. And God is around us, with us, always. No matter where we are, God.
Even if I was in the middle of nowhere – like the uttermost parts of the sea - I would not be alone (Psalms 139:9-10). God is everywhere present. He is always there as a source and a guide.
How Big is the Universe?
If God is everywhere present in the infinite universe, then God is, therefore, everywhere present in event the smallest, tiniest thing. Well, how big is the universe? Let's imagine the Earth was the size of a grain of sand. Then the size of our solar system, out to the planet Neptune, would be as big about as big as a football field. Now, imagine if our solar system was the size of a grain of sand, then our Milky Way Galaxy would be 1,000 times the size of a football field. Now, let's imagine our galaxy to be the size of a grain of sand. Then the size of the universe would be as big as a football field. The universe is really, really big. And God is everywhere.
Everywhere Means Everywhere
Now, let's imagine God being present everywhere, even in the smallest building blocks of everything that we see - atoms. What’s inside atoms? Nothing that we can see with our eyes. There are electrons, neutrons, and protons. And even smaller than that, there are quanta. Even in the tiniest of things, God is everywhere. Everywhere means everywhere.
Why Study the Unseen?
Why do we study things we can not see? Because the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). God is eternal.
Why is This Important?
Why is it important to know that God is is everywhere, eternal, and always with us? It might be that remembering God’s presence in our lives helps us to not have fear. We can be peaceful in any situation as we stay our minds on God.
We experience perfect peace when our minds are stayed and focused on God (Isaiah 26:3). God says He will keep us in perfect peace. How? As we stay our minds on God. How do we do that?
Staying Our Minds on God
How do we stay our minds on God? We are not be conformed to this world, fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs. But instead we are transformed (changed) by the entire renewal of our minds, with its new ideals and its new attitude, so that we may prove for ourselves what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2). As we keep our minds on God by renewing our minds, and reading the Word, we can be peaceful, knowing that God is present. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). He is with us day and night, inside and out, no matter what challenge we face.
Boat in a Storm
Jesus knew God was with him in every situation. He practiced the presence of God. Because he remembered God was always with him to help, Jesus turned to God and stayed peaceful in difficult situations. In Luke 8:22-25, there a story about when Jesus and his friends were on a boat crossing over the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was tired from teaching, so he took a nap on the boat. While he slept, a large storm hit and lots of water came into their boat. This was a very scary and dangerous situation. Can you imagine being in this boat? Would you remain peaceful? Jesus did. He remembered that God was with him. He rebuked the storm. Rebuke means to express sharp disapproval or criticism of someone or something, because of their behavior or actions. He knew that God’s power was greater than the power of the storm. He commanded the storm to stop, and it did.
Practice the Presence of God
We can practice the presence of God in our lives. In all our ways we can acknowledge God’s presence. We can lean on, trust in, and be confident in God with all our heart and mind. We don't rely on our own insight or understanding. In all our ways, we know, recognize, and acknowledge that which is ever present, unlimited, yet unseen. And God will direct and make straight and plain our paths.
Love Each Other
And we can pray to God for ourselves and each other. We can pray at all times, on every occasion, in every season, in the Spirit, being inspired. We keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, and we intercede on behalf of each other. We have free will, freedom to either be opportunity to serve or excuse for selfishness. Through love we should serve one another (Galatians 5:13).
Put on the Mind of God
We can put on the mind of God by (a) studying the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15), (b) recognizing ourselves as children of God or children of light (Ephesians 5:8), (c) practicing the presence of God (Proverbs 3:5-6), and (d) walking in love (2 John 1:6).
Love One Another
We ought to love one another. And what this love consists of is this: that we live and walk in accordance with and guided by God and the teachings from God. If there be only one expressed desire, it would be that we continue to walk in love, guided by it and following it (2 John 1:5-6).
When we keep our minds on God and His Word, we have God’s peace. God will guide us and help us. We can practice the presence of God in our lives as we acknowledge God in all situations, and we can pray and believe. When you’re outside today, is God with you? Yes. How about tonight when you’re sleeping? Is God with you? Yes. No matter where you are or what you’re doing or what challenges you’re facing, you can say, “God is with me always.”
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