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The Lights in the Heavens

I subscribe to a weekly email from Randall Niles called "Think Blast."  Niles claims to have been a "practicing atheist" for some 20 years.  A lawyer and businessman, his life was all about things, materialism and success.  His mother's battle with breast cancer in 1999 sent him off on a wilderness walk to find truth and meaning in his life.  He explored the claims of philosopy and religion while examing the impact of science and technology.  Eventually, the biblical Jesus just blew him away and Randall became a follower of Christ in May 2000.        

His latest "Think Blast" is pretty cool, so I wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy!

There are two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.

(Albert Einstein)

On the clearest night, with a full sky in view, about 1,030 bodies of light can be counted with the naked eye. It was that way 4,000 years ago, and it’s the same today.

About 400 years ago, Galileo invented the first telescope. At that point, about 3,310 bodies of light were visible. Incredibly, Galileo’s technology more than tripled our awareness of the awesome spectacle in the cosmos.

Today, the Hubble Space Telescope and various land-based telescopes and radio antennas have “seen” approximately 100 billion stars in our own Milky Way Galaxy alone! If you think that’s huge, astronomers now estimate that there may be 100 billion galaxies in our universe! That’s 100,000,000,000 x 100,000,000,000 stars!

Throughout the centuries, people would look to the heavens at night and stare in utter amazement. To them, God was real – They were constantly reminded of the shear magnitude and design of it all!

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.


(Psalm 19:1)

Yes, a feeling of utter awe was generated by 1,030 specks of light in the night sky.

Yet, over the last hundred years or so, it seems we’ve become numb to this awesome spectacle. We can go many nights without even looking up. We walk from our offices and schools to our cars… we walk from our cars to our computers and televisions…

Even with expansive technologies, many of us have become passive creatures with no time for simple wonderment.

I suggest we all take the time to simply look up and be amazed again… It’s time to behold the utter awe of God’s incredible creation!
 I share Einstein's affirmation that anyone who is not lost on the rapturous awe

at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe ‘is as good as a burnt out candle.’

(Madeleine L'Engle)
 Just Thinking,