"The point is this: These incomparable and unfathomable wonders tell us of a God who is quite simply....indescribable."
There are pictures throughout the chapters that have been taken via space equipment that allow us to see things we could have never seen just by looking up at the sky. Simply awesome. (This book would be great to accompany a science curriculum when studying astronomy.)
The words and facts leave you with no other option but to worship a mighty God who alone only could have brought such marvelous things to pass.
I am the Lord, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens. (Isaiah 44:24)
Along with a great sense of worship towards my Creator, I was left with a few other facts to ponder....
"God is not like us. So often our nature is to cut corners. If there's a room people rarely go into, we're unlikely to consider keeping it tidy. Or say, for example, we're decorating a room, and there's a piece of wall hidden from sight. We may not go to the trouble of painting it. Yet the Maker of all things is not like that. He does not cut corners or sweep things under the carpet. He has stretched out the universe, creating beauty in places our eyes - and even our telescopes - will likely never have the privilege of gazing upon."
This got me thinking about how often I cut corners. (Just take a look behind my refrigerator and you'll see the remnants of a previously green kitchen.) Isn't that like most humans, though. Whether it's our house or ourselves or even our children, we do just enough to make the outside look good - often ignoring or not spending as much time on the areas that people never see. As long as what can be seen looks fine, we're good. Just keep the other stuff hidden away in the heart (or behind the refrigerator). Sadly though, what is hidden away has to come to surface sooner or later.
From the pictures I viewed in this book, the things God had hidden, which have come to surface, are quite beautiful.
Beautiful hidden things........Now that's something worth thinking about.
On another note, there are so many things I could mention, but hearing the stars sing was a highlight.
"Second after second, day after day, a giant ball of gaseous matter bursts into song - not that each one wasn't singing before it exploded - transmitting its electromagnetic melodies across the heavens."
Click here to hear some sounds of the pulsars
"Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars." (Psalm 148:3)
"You [God] give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you." (Nehemiah 9:6)
Lastly, along with highly recommending this book altogether, I'll end with this quote:
"So while it's stunning that we can glimpse a solar burst some thirteen billion light-years away, it's far more incredible that the One who fashioned that star and our own galaxy, and everything seen and unseen throughout the universe, would step onto planet Earth on a rescue mission that defies the odds.
When our foolish rebellion separated us from the God who formed us to both know and love Him forever, Jesus, who said, "Let there be light," spoke up for you and me. And in the end, in human skin, the sinless and perfect Son of God exchanged His life for every twisted thing that we have done. In that single act, the star breather became the sin bearer. The universe maker became humanity's Savior. It truly is, as Matt has stated so well, astronomical grace.
After all, you really can't use the AU, or the light-year, or the parsec to measure God's love for us. For that, all you need is a cross that's large enough to hold the Son of God." (LG)