May 11, 2015: One Minuscule Planet—One God

~by Susi Pittman

Consider God, Creator of the universe we live in, of which we can only observe 46 billion light years across of said universe (there is most certainly more to it) and ponder why God found it important to manifest Himself to the creatures on one single planet among 50 sextillion planets in 500 billion galaxies.

Consider for a moment that our own galaxy, the Milky Way is 100,000-120,000 light years across. A light year is an astronomical measurement equivalent to the distance that light travels in one year which is calculated to be @ 6 trillion miles.

I present to you a link that allows you to work from the basic infinitesimal planck length, or the speed of light in a vacuum, out into the created world and then on out to the farthest observable point of the Hubble Telescope. The Scale of the Universe

Have we created a mechanism, starship or time machine that can take us into space at the speed of light?

Have we found a natural occurring portal (i.e. a wormhole) that might move us through space and time at the speed of light?

Well, of course the answer to both questions is, no.

But, what if we could board a starship and move through space at the speed of light? Stuff would hit you and you would die, better yet, be obliterated at those speeds.

In a perfect trip through the universe to the far known edge at the speed of light it would amount to 20 billion years as measured by the universe, but it would seem to only take 45 years to you, the astronaut. (Dr. Dave Goldberg, Theoretical Cosmologist, Dept. of Physics, Drexel University)

By design, I believe that the universe was created to invite us to daily and nightly acknowledge The Creator. I believe that a human being(s) will never leave this solar system, as we were given our limitations by design and for a reason. Deep space wasn’t given us to conquer or to contaminate, it was given as the Great Exampleby the Eternal and Omnipotent One who created it, Who loves us and desires for us to never tire of His love and examples. It is part of the natural realm for which we will spend time upon time delving into, learning about, admiring and embracing its incredible processes and beauty. Not unlike being drawn to learn more about the world we reside upon, of which only 5% of our oceans have been explored and less than 30% of our earth’s land mass has been explored.

The picture above was taken by the Voyager spacecraft, 4 billion miles away from us, looking back at earth….which is but a speck in the vastness of just a small amount of space covered by the spacecraft. We are literally off the radar as anything significant from just a short distance away as far as the universe goes.

This little blue dot (and look hard to see it) is us, it is home. And we look at ourselves everyday as important, notable, heroes, leaders, intellectually elite, destroyers, a superstar, a saint or a sinner. WE ARE! Or so we think.

Carl Sagan, an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences made a terrific quote referring to the above photo about earth remarking,a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. Indeed.

In our own solar system, our planet is the fourth smallest planet, we don’t even hold rank in the top 50% of the bigger planets.

Amazing stuff! But, back to the original thought of all this.

Why did God choose to make Himself known to us?

That my dear friends is what I am asking you to contemplate.

Peace be with you.

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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