By Pat Cantwell
I realized last March as I viewed the red moon, late at night, that I hadn’t actually seen the stars, really seen them, in years.
I had realized, as a girl moving to Clovis from Chicago, that the natural beauty here was not trees or water but the sky. But for a long time, I had not been lifting my head to see it.
Then I watched a show on PBS about the Hubble telescope and after viewing actual pictures of the universe, I was moved to the depths of my soul.
Did you know that in 1990, the Hubble telescope was launched into orbit 352 miles above the earth? It collected light and directed it to our own White Sands Ground Station before sending it on to Goddard Flight Center in Maryland.
The telescope was designed to function with the space shuttle. The shuttle astronauts repaired the telescope, during space walks, five different times. It is available for worldwide use when scientists bid for available time on the telescope.
The Hubble telescope works by collecting and directing its light to the earth. It has revealed the following mystery: the rate by which the universe is inexplicably expanding; it is not slowing down or even constant, but speeding up.
New light has also been shed in the areas of star birth, star death, galaxy evolution, black holes, and dark energy.
The age of the universe is now estimated to be 13.75 billion years. Go to nasa.com to view the Hubble photos for yourself.
As glorious as the universe is, how much more glorious is the Creator of the universe. Genesis chapter one tells us that God created the heavens and the earth; he spoke light into existence; he spoke the sun and the moon to be in the expanse of the heavens. But Genesis 1:27 tells us that God’s greatest creation was not the universe but man.
I have often wondered why God made the universe so massive beyond comprehending and so difficult for us to see it through the earth’s atmosphere. I found an answer in Kevin Hartnett’s book, “The Heavens Intimate Moments with Your Majestic God.”
The measure of God’s universe is the measure of God’s love for you as shown by the death of his son Jesus on the cross for your sins.
The measure of the universe is the measure of his grace to you, his child. Just as the Hubble telescope collected the light of the universe, so you do also.
Pat Cantwell writes about faith for Clovis Media Inc. Contact her at: