Earth

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

Astronaut Neil Armstrong made this observation during a mission to the moon.

Have you ever just stopped to think how small you really are? I am fascinated by how big the world is—the depth of the oceans, the height of the mountains, the size of a redwood tree.

Yet in comparison to the rest of the universe, our world is so tiny. When comparing Earth to Jupiter, it’s like comparing a marble to a basketball. Our solar system is so vast.

This year my kids and I have been learning a lot about astronomy in our homeschool, and it has really caused me to reflect on how big God is and how small I am. When I consider how many blades of grass are in my backyard, I can’t even begin to count them, but God knows them all.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in our day-to-day lives and rarely stop to consider the vastness of the world. I mean, can you even fathom all the conversations, births, deaths, stress and joys happening this very second. There are 7.8 billion people on the planet, and every one of them has a story.

On clear nights when I look up at the sky and see the constellations and the vast beauty of the universe, it actually makes me say “wow” aloud. I guess I’m kind of a space nerd. I love taking close-up photographs of the moon from 238,000 miles away. I’m amazed we even have this technology.

My family and I got a glimpse of the “star of Bethlehem” last month—an event that happens every 400 years when Jupiter and Saturn align to create what looks like a bright star. They looked like one star even though they were actually 456 million miles apart. It certainly puts a road trip across country into perspective.

The One who holds all things in place is amazing. When I consider how perfect the Earth is for human life, I am in awe how anyone could not believe in God. If the Earth’s orbit or tilt differed even slightly, our planet would be too hot or too cold for survival. The universe is placed in perfect order. Science proves it. The Bible has always confirmed it.

“‘In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind’” (Job 12:10).

When I take a look up it really gives me a new perspective. There’s so much out there we can’t touch or even see. And in the middle of a pandemic, and our own personal crises, we can’t feel the planet orbiting the sun at 67,000 miles per hour.

God is in control. He’s been holding the Earth and everything in the universe in orbit long before we got here. There are so many facts about space I find amazing. And gazing at a star-filled sky in the middle of night truly helps me fix my eyes on Jesus.

But maybe you’re like me and in the middle of the day, when life is falling apart, your gaze isn’t so much on Jesus. When I’ve just snapped and said what I wish I hadn’t, when I find my focus upon myself or when I’m not looking up, I’m not focused on the truth. The truth being that God is in control.

In the middle of my own problems and celebrations, He’s still in control. Whether my attitude is good or bad, He’s in control. The world never stops spinning. I don’t know about you, but it is a humbling reminder that I’m just a traveler on this ride. I don’t have my own universe. I wasn’t here when God said, “Let there be light,” so who am I am to question anything?

What’s most profound is that God made a way for us to live with Him in eternity—a free gift received by acknowledging we are imperfect sinners and that He is Lord of all!

As we enter the New Year, I pray you take the opportunity to look up more often. Take in the vastness of the night sky. Close your eyes and take a deep breath as the sun shines brightly on you during the day. Take it all in. Take Him in.

No matter what this new season brings in your life, He remains the same. He never changes. He is the God of all. You can put your trust in Him. When you find yourself asking questions about your life, remember this: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Amy Potter, a member of Southeast Christian Church, is a prayer warrior, wife, mother, teacher, worker, writer, and a few other things—a Supermom.