First, I want to just want to say how ecstatic these past few days of warm weather have made me!
FINALLY feeling like spring, am I right?
Anyways, sorry for the late post this week. Wayde was gone for work and just got home late Sunday night! So rather than writing my blog post, we decided to just hang out (and in all honesty I’ve had a bit of writers block this week/ I didn’t even know how to phrase what I wanted to say).
As some of you may know I work at the science center here in Calgary. Sometimes when the center is slow I have time to pick up one of the many books that are in the mini-library there. Last week I randomly picked up a book on space exploration and all the space-advances that humans have made in the past decade, and WOW.
I always knew space was cool, but sometimes things just really hit you, and that’s what happened to me when I was reading about stars, how light travels, and how gravity works (or doesn’t work) in space. My mind. Was. Blown.
My first thought was “God is so big”, which was quickly followed by, “God is so cool, and complex, and vast, and mind blowing”.
If you want to feel small and in awe, I encourage you to do some reading about space, because it will definitely do the trick. As I finished reading, put the book down, and walked away I suddenly felt like the world was a tiny speck; and I was an even tinier speck on that tiny speck.
We humans like to think we know a lot, but in all truth we know the tiniest fraction of what the universe contains. As my mind tried to comprehend the vastness of space and the wonder of God, I felt like God began to reveal things to me that I had never stopped to think about before.
Bare with me as I try to articulate the slippery and hard-to-grasp thoughts that have been floating in my head the past week (also bare with my lack of knowledge on space. I!am! not!an!expert!).
Okay, so the light we are seeing from the stars each night is thousands of years old (sometimes millions!!). So really, we don’t even know what is currently happening out there. Despite what our eyes are telling us, there is a lag between what we see and what is actually happening. Because the stars are so far away and the light has to travel so far, by the time it reaches us, it is as if we are seeing history play out. What we are seeing is not what is currently happening to the star. What we are currently seeing has been in motion for thousands to millions of years.
Time is so relative to us. Fun fact: gravity causes time to move slower. If you decided to head to space with a clock the faster the time passes.
Light, time, gravity, and space are all so, for lack of a better word, mind-boggling.
After reading and thinking about all of this, I began to try to wrap my mind around how wonderous the fact is that God is timeless. He is, and was, and is to come. He has seen it all from start to end. He has been there through it all start to end.
God is timeless. He sees the stars now, millions of light years away, and he sees what they are doing, what they have done, and what they will do. He created them and he commanded them what to do. “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years” (Genesis 1:14).
God has seen the stars throughout their existence. He set them there at the beginning of time with the function to ‘serve as signs’ and ‘mark sacred times’. Those times were already set in place at the beginning. God had a plan for them before he created them.
Same goes for you. God saw you and had a plan for you before the beginning of time. He saw your whole story then, and now.
We see the light from the stars millions of years later, yet what we are seeing has already been done. This is similar to what we see in our lives, it was done and figured out long ago.
I see God in my past, feel him in my present, and know he is in my future shining on me, calling me forth. He is like the light from a million lightyears away. We are seeing now what he has had in action for all of time.
God is a constant, an always; he is through-and-through; past, present, and future. He has seen everything that will happen in your life and he has already gone ahead and paved the way for you.
Whatever you are stressing about God already has a solution in place. It is done.
I previously heard someone say something like, “walk in what God has promised you like it’s already yours, because it is”. And I didn’t completely understand how that worked. But, I think I do now. What it boils down to is: everything God has promised is already done, so you can stop worrying about it. There is no competition for what God has promised for you, it is already yours because he appointed it to you long ago.
God is so much bigger than us and our worries. Just look at the stars and read about space and time, you will realize how big God is.
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls for the each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26
If He knows the stars by name and is calling them forth, he is doing it for you as well.
p.s. a song that really resonates with this post is “Prophesy Your Promise” by Brian&Katie Torwalt -“when I only see in part, I will prophesy your promise.” Because we are only seeing part of a whole right now! God, however, sees the whole.