Thinking afresh of the immense expanse of the universe and beyond, is a worthwhile exercise. The following quotes poignantly describe a little of what is known of our generosity-shaped Creation.
“In our sun alone, there is room for 1.25 million earths such as ours. And the sun itself is only one star among a great group of such stars. On beyond the Milky Way, in immeasurable distances, are yet other systems such as that of Andromeda, with its countless suns.” (Words that Circled the World, Richard Bewes.)
“….a medium-sized planet, orbiting around an average star in the outer suburbs of an ordinary spiral galaxy, which is itself only one of about million million galaxies in the observable universe. Yet the strong anthropic principle would claim that this whole, vast construction exists simply for our sake. This is very hard to believe.” (Stephen Hawking)
Such thoughts are somewhat overwhelming yet it is good to step aside and give thought to wider issues, especially to the generosity of the Creator. The stars at night, the myriads of underwater fish, mega flocks of migrating birds, a magnificent sunset rich in ever changing colours are all visual reminders of that generosity. If one employs the telescope and microscope then the wonder increases amazingly by leaps and bounds.
Reading the National Geographic is such an eye opener to see the wonders of creation. I enjoy receiving their weekly updates by email. Keeping ones eyes open to catch new glimpses of the Creator’s masterpieces is very rewarding. The camera can capture much beauty in the world around us.