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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Jesus Is God's Son

Beyond measure: Big love in a big universe

Did you ever sleep under the stars? One of the best things about camping is getting a clear view of the night sky. Staring up at that huge, black canvas of twinkling lights can make you feel sort of small.

How big is the universe? If you could ride in a car through space at 62 miles per hour, a journey to the moon would take five and a half months. After 170 years, you would reach the star we call the sun. If you wanted to go to the next nearest star, Proxima Centauri, your road trip would take 46 million years!

On even the clearest night, you can see only a few thousand stars without a telescope. Yet our galaxy contains some 200 billion stars. There are billions of other galaxies, and each of those galaxies also contains billions and billions of stars.

Space is so vast we measure it in light years. A light year is the distance light travels in a year’s time: nearly 6 trillion miles. If you could travel at the speed of light, it would take 100,000 years to go from one side of our galaxy to the other. No one knows how many light years it would take to cover the length of the universe. It’s way too big for anyone to measure!

God knows the size of the universe. After all, He created it. God is much bigger and more powerful than His creation. But God is not distant like some faraway star. He loves us so much He sent His Son into our world. Just think, the God who made the enormous universe came to us as a tiny baby.

When Wise Men watching the night sky saw a new light, they knew it was a sign something big had happened. They followed it to where Jesus was and worshipped Him.

“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2, NIV).

Next time you look up at a star-filled sky, remember this: You may be little, but you are important to God. His love for you is beyond measure. Take time to worship Him and thank Him for sending Jesus.

— Christina Quick

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