God of Wonders

Today, astronauts are space-walking their way around the Hubble Telescope, repairing the instrument that has captured beautiful photographs of the universe. Click here to see full-color glimpses into the far reaches of time. Don't rush through the slide show. It's pretty stunning.

From what I understand of science (admittedly, very little), the colors and patterns seen in the Hubble photographs basically reflect energy. Star explosions, quasars and black holes, nebulae and and galaxies...matter and energy are forever entwined. That matter/energy had to originate from outside itself. The complexities of our universe, from GRB 090423 (the gamma ray burst from a star 76,400,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles away from Earth, i.e. the oldest-for-now observed matter in our universe) to the inner workings of our DNA, find their source in the Creator.

As I clicked through the many Hubble photographs, I couldn't help but think of the verse in Psalms, "The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands" (19:1).

But then I remembered that this God, the one who created all that majestic energy, made himself a human like me, brought himself low in order to take on matter that inhabited the planet Earth, became a member of an abused, oppressed people, and sacrificed himself on a shameful instrument of torture--all for the love of me.

and you.

Colossians 1:15-16, 19-20:

"He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him...all things were created through him and for him...

...God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son, and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross--whether things on the earth or things in heaven."

A. W. Tozer once said, "The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonder of His world" (The Pursuit of God, 13).

Enjoy the beauty of creation. Then worship the Creator!