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.
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!
“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.