“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17).
“O believing brethren! what an instrument is this which God hath put into your hands! Prayer moves Him that moves the universe.” – Robert Murray McCheyne
Scientists continue to marvel at the size of the universe. Light travels 186,000 miles per second. The sun is 93 million miles away so light takes about eight minutes to travel from the sun to the earth. Against the backdrop of our solar system, our planet is quite small.
But, our sun and planets exist in one small corner of the Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way is so big that at the speed of light, it would take over 100,000 years to travel across the galaxy. If our entire solar system was the size of a quarter, the sun would be a microscopic piece of dust in the middle of the quarter. The nearest star to our sun would be two football fields away. The Milky Way has millions of stars spread out across these distances.
Beyond our galaxy lies billions of other galaxies. These galaxies are billions of light years away from us. As far as we know, the universe continues in every direction into infinity.
The earth is set at a precise distance from the sun which makes it possible for life to exist on this planet. Any closer to the sun and it would be to hot to live, any farther away and we would all freeze to death.
There are so many species living on the earth that no one knows the exact number. So far zoologists have recorded 20,000 species of fish, 6,000 species of reptiles, 9,000 birds, 1,000 amphibians, 15,000 species of mammals, and over one million species of insects. Yet, they think there might be several million more species still waiting to be discovered. Each species is unique and beautiful.
Just think. The same God who created the vast expanses of the universe and who created an infinite variety of plants and animals cares about you. I think He can handle your problem.
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