Scripture says that "the heavens are telling the glory of God." It says that somehow the work of His hands describes His majesty and character. Romans 1:20 says "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
So, it is clear that we are to understand something of God's character from His creation. His artwork reveals His nature at least in part.
Consider the vastness of the universe and how beautiful and dangerous it is. Think about how hostile the great majority of His creation is to our fragile little human bodies. Think about how He carved out this little, delicately balanced corner of creation to be a place where our kind of life could be possible. Think about the care He took in making a world where we could flourish when the mere exposure to most of His art would kill us.
Ours is a very average star amongst billions of other stars in a very average galaxy amongst billions of other galaxies each containing their own billions of stars.
The closest star in our own galaxy to us is Alpha Centauri. It is 4.5 light years away. Light travels at 186.000 miles a second. A light year is 5.88 trillions miles. So the CLOSEST neighboring star we have is 26,460,000,000,000 miles away (26.46 trillion).
Even at that speed it takes light 8 minutes to travel from our own sun to Earth. Yet the fury and intensity of it's energy dominates our lives. It expends the impact of a million atomic bombs exploding on it's surface every second. We live and die by it's light and heat. Yet it is just one average star amongst trillions of other stars in God's inconceivably vast creation.
God of Wonders beyond our galaxy.
More on this next time.