How Big is the Universe?

A friend of mine recently sent me this e-mail…

“Today NASA plans to launch New Horizons, the first probe bound for the
planet Pluto. In addition to high-tech gizmos, New Horizons will carry a
tiny vial of the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, the self-taught astronomer who
discovered Pluto in 1930. The voyage to the ninth planet will last about
a decade, despite New Horizons being the fastest object ever constructed
by humanity. The probe’s peak speed will be 47,000 miles per hour, which
sure sounds like a lot. Yet that works out to 13 miles per second,
versus light traveling at 186,000 mile per second, meaning New Horizons
will move at 0.00007 percent of the speed of light. At this velocity,
the probe would require about 60,000 years to reach the nearest star
beyond our sun, Alpha Centauri C; about 43 million years to reach the
center of the Milky Way; about 2.1 billion years to reach Andromeda, the
nearest galaxy like ours.”

Wow.  And yet, in all this vastness, I am important to God. 

Psalm 139: 1 – 16 (NKJV)

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.  You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.  You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquaintd with all my ways.  For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.  You have hedged me behind and before, And laid your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.  Where can I go from your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Your presence?  If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there your hand shall lead me, And your right hand shall surely hold me.  If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me, ” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.  For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.


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Just a girl from Colorado trying to live life to God's glory with a certain amount of gusto! View all posts by Lou (Linda)

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