15 minutes is all it takes.
15 minutes of quiet under the summer night skies, where a person gazes over the length of the Milky Way from a location in the Northern Hemisphere on this safe and privileged planet, is all it takes.
The question that automatically arises from the questioning soul is, “How can this be?”
Among all the barren and hostile bodies in the sky, I can look safely upward. I cannot do that anywhere else; it would be unsafe. So I gaze skyward at indescribable distances of near empty space but within it are concentrated spots of organized energy that are relatively stable, hold fixed positions that we can see on a periodic basis, and show themselves in different classes–from stars to star patterns to things that require some optical help, like star clusters, clouds of gas, galaxies, and groups of galaxies. Just with a pair of eyes, however, an observer should rightfully ask, “How can this be?” With only a pair of eyes at this time of year, he can run from the northeast to the south and see the mighty bands of starlight emitted from our own galaxy. Toward the Northwest the Big Dipper is easing to the western horizon; Cassiopia is starting to rise in the Northeast; Hercules is just about straight up–that little “square” within which a binocular can detect one of the largest globular star clusters in the norther celestial sphere. I could go on…and on…and on. (With optics, of course, much more can be seen, but the same question applies, “How can this be?”)
It just takes 15 minutes to run around the early evening night sky with a pair of eyes to see these things and quite a few others. Have you ever done it? Have you ever considered, no matter how bothersome it might be, how this can be?
Most schools tell you it is an accident–a natural thing that happened all by itself. Many astronomers abandon known physical laws to suggest theories of self evolving processes that yield what you see. My goodness! How incredible! However, there are scientists and simple observers (like me) who don’t buy into the prominent theories of self evolution.
Perhaps the One Who was there, Who made them ALL STAND UP TOGETHER, Who made sure the written history of beginnings included a mention of the heavens, knew the question would arise nearly everytime a person looked up at night. You can check the reference about “standing up together” in Isaiah 48:13 but you can also check others, like Genesis 1:14-19, Psalm 19:1-4, or a host of others. Oh, but they say, that’s just a poetic description of the universe. It is? You would rather choose to embrace suspending some key physical laws and lay in the bed of self organizing energy on an extreme scale….that eventually produces things….including you? You really would?
Take 15 minutes and go outside on a summer night. Consider the earth from which you look, then shift skyward to see the stars. The God of heaven and earth, if you are willing to consider His hand, will gently pull your soul. More than pulling your soul, however, He wants you to reach to Him. He is powerful enough and big enough and personal enough to pull us out of any pit we are in. He went far enough to announce Himself in quite a few ways. One of them is the speech of the night skies.
Can you hear the words?