Yesterday, I took a field trip to the awesome California Science center in Los Angeles. We (my mom, grandma, and great aunt) started at the Endeavour exhibit which was super cool because we got to see the massive space shuttle parked right in front of us. The millions of heat shield panels that make up the surface of the shuttle are amazing in themselves, yet even more amazing are the astronauts who are launched into space with millions of pounds of thrust under them. We snapped a few pics with the Endeavour shuttle and then moved on to see the mind blowing 3D IMAX presentation on the Hubble telescope.
The images from the Hubble telescope were beyond extraordinary. Those vibrant and dreamy clouds of stars called nebula, and the 100 billion galaxies of the universe that are millions of light years away were now before us overwhelming our senses of mortality and existence.
During the 45 minute journey through the universe, we traveled through star nurseries, where stars are born and raised and which reach millions of miles across. We explored the beginnings of galaxies and the last moments of dying stars. We traveled to the farthest known reaches of the universe and then finally back home to our very special and unique blue planet called earth.
Throughout the movie I was in awe at how infinite our universe is, and at how seemingly alone, yet so perfectly special our earth is. Above all, I couldn’t help but wonder “what is mortal man?”
“When I see Your heavens,
the works of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which You have ordained,
What is mortal man,
that You remember him,
and the son of man that You visit him?
Surely this same thought has been within man throughout the ages, though without the IMAX experience such as in David’s time.
What a magnificent role we play in this universe knowing that the Lord stretched forth the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and then formed the spirit of man within him (Zechariah 12:1). The spirit of man is what seeks for the Eternity that it sees expressed in the heavens above. Such a marvelous expanse of creation clearly displays the invisible things, such as His eternal power and divine characteristics, to our visiblilty. Plus the creation gives the setting for the what is really on God’s heart, that is man, the infinite and eternal spirit of man that is ranked equally important among both the heavens and the earth. Wow!