Friday, June 25th, 2010
"All of [the stars] he calls by their names." (Psalm 147:4)
Consider the Milky Way galaxy. In this vast ocean of stars, planets, and solar systems, planet Earth appears as insignificant in size as one grain of sand on an endless beach. Why, this one galaxy alone contains over 100 billion stars! If you could count one star each second non-stop for 24 hours a day, it would take you over 3,000 years to reach 100 billion. If the Milky way galaxy alone contains 100 billion stars, what about the rest of the universe? Astronomers estimate that the Milky Way may be one of anywhere from 50 billion to as many as 125 billion galaxies. How many stars are there in the entire universe? The answer surely is mind-boggling. Yet, Jehovah calls all of them "by their names." Upon seeing Jehovah clothed in such dignity and splendor, are you not moved to extol his great name?
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 3:7, 8)
This reminds me of that awesome DVD we got at last year's district convention, about creation and the solar system. It already boggles my mind just *reading* about how many stars and planets there are ... but watching that video REALLY impressed on me just how VAST our universe truly is, and how incredible Jehovah's power and "creative works" are.