A Planet Walk


Recently, we went on a Planet Walk with our two granddaughters and our daughter, who attached a yellow balloon about the size of a basketball to a stake and put it in the ground at the end of their driveway. As I recall,

the scale of measurement was 1 foot = 3 million miles. We walked 11 paces from the Sun and put a stake in the ground to represent Mercury, which was represented by a 4×6 information card, then more paces to get to Venus. When we’d walked the appropriate distance to get to Earth, I put its stake in the ground, and my daughter pointed to a coriander seed that showed its size in relation to the sun and the tinier seed that represented the Moon, which was 2¼ inches from the Earth. She said, “That’s how far we’ve gone with manned space travel.” Mindboggling.

Between the last few planets of our solar system, we were walking over 200 paces between them and could hardly see the sun when we looked back.

Saturn Report

The Psalmist prayed to the Lord, “Even though you are so high above, you care for the lowly, and the proud cannot hide from you.”(Psalm 138:6)

I’m amazed that the Creator of the universe, vast beyond our comprehension, has the desire and ability to take care of human beings who live on the Blue Planet, which is miniscule in relation to our solar system, our galaxy, and all that lies beyond. Indeed, it is God who created the perfect environment for us with just the right mix of heat, light, air, and water, seasons, fuel, food crops, and animal life, plus all the elements. On top of that, earth is beautiful!

Orion Report

“I love the Lord, because he hears me; he listens to my prayers. He listens to me every time I call to him.” (Psalm 116:1-2, emphasis mine)

But what really touches us is that God makes Himself accessible to us. Imagine that!

“You have taught me ever since I was young, and I still tell of your wonderful acts. Be with me while I proclaim your power and might to all generations to come.” (Psalm 71:17 and 18b)

Sometimes I wake up in the morning with the realization that I’m just scratching the surface of all that God has done and is doing. But I can’t help but want to share my thimble-full of knowledge—and life experience—with all who will listen, especially the next generation.

6 thoughts on “A Planet Walk

  1. Thanks for your blog!

    It’s incredible that God, who is Creator of all the planets and galaxies is the same God who is Creator of the tiniest subatomic particles. The spaces in the planetary model of the atom (the orbits of electrons around the nucleus) can be compared to the distances in this space walk, with one change – you need to multiply the distances by a factor of 100! Isn’t that amazing that there is so much empty space in matter?!

    I like to be reminded in Colossians 1:17 that, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (NIV)

    Laurie

    1. Thanks for shedding light on the comparative distances between the orbits in outer space and inner space, Laurie. I had no idea the factor was 100! Great verse, too. 🙂

  2. Thanks, Norma! I so enjoyed revisiting that planet walk. And then, on Tuesday, watching that tiny dot, Venus, transiting across the Sun, just made me think of Psalm 8
    1 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
    2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
    3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
    4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

    1. I’m glad you posted those verses, Marguerite! Makes me ponder the wonders that await us beyond our earthy lives. Thanks for commenting!

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