Did you know that the star nearest to the earth (excluding the sun) is 4.3 million light years away? In case you’re not up to date on astronomical terms, a light-year equals 5.88 million million miles. This is the distance light travels in one year at a speed of 186,282 miles per second. That means 4.3 light years is over 25 trillion miles. To help us understand that number, let’s put it in terms of time. One million seconds is 11½ days, a billion seconds is 31½ years, and a trillion seconds is over 31,000 years (yes…I said over 31,000). That means that 25 trillion seconds would be nearly 800,000 years. This universe is massive! We are just one microscopic speck on a tiny terrestrial ball…and He loves us. David wrote:
Psalm 8:3–4 (NLT) – When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?
Take some time today to ponder the fact that despite the vastness of the universe, God knows your name and calls you to be His child. Be amazed…and worship!