We take gathered energy for granted, often forgetting that energy, matter, and time were created at the beginning (Genesis 1:1). Then the magnificent command of God began arranging things. The stars are created on day 4 (verse 16).
Now lets take a trip to a typical class where children are taught what happens when a few atoms of any sort are placed in a “volume” of vacume. What happens? The introduced matter will distribute itself, even if it was bunched up in a corner to begin with. So it goes to the lowest energy state and stays there, unless something else is introduced.
So why are these beautiful stellar “snow balls” all over the sky? When you tear away the fancy words from explanations that are so typical today, there is no good answer. Star clusters should not be there. Neither should galaxies or any other gathered energy. So explanations abound like a house of cards gets built, but the mechanisms that are presented defy existing laws. Gathered energy forms just plain should not be around. Chance over time does not help; it would make the existence of gathered energy even more unlikely.
If a person bothers to ask the Energy Gatherer what He did, He would point to His word. Other references use terminology that is similar, like this: the stars were marshaled or stood up together. He spoke. It happened. Star birth does not happen “naturally”, and we see star “death” quite often, which is also consistent with the biblical view that the universe is wearing out like a garment.
So this is what I was thinking about the other night when I looked at Antares, which is a bright star in the south that has a reddish appearance. At my mid north lattitude it sparkles because I see it through so much atmosphere. A few degrees away is an open cluster of stars that is commonly known as Messier 4. The sketch shows the central region as best as I could record it in a little over a half hour. What a beautiful little cluster–especially in view of its miraculous presence: a fine “little” piece of gathered energy sources (stars) in our galaxy. Each cluster is a little different. This one has patterns of stars that others do not have. And, you can even see this cluster with a 7 or 8 power 35mm binocular if you look carefully around Antares. At that magnification, it is a faint white smudge in the same field of view as the star.
When you are done looking for it by yourself, remember the One who gathered energy in the heavens.