Looking into the heavens can cause an observer to think about what it is like to see beyond anything that can possibly be reached. The sense of awe sometimes leaves when parts of the heavens seem to become familiar, but the facts in inescapable: we won’t get to see most objects “up close and personal.” That’s the way God designed it. The many layered onion is a little like the celestial sphere, except the number of layers in the celestial sphere cannot be numbered. I suppose that is apparent when some of the Bible verses about the heavens are read, because they plainly say we cannot fathom their depth. It is like we live on the edge of an observing platform, but it is designed so we cannot easily step off of it. Oh, we can go a few hundred thousand miles one way or the other, or even send some robotic things millions of miles. What are these puny measurements with respect to the celestial sphere?
And, in a very short time (part of one solar day on earth) all those objects were created. That is the plain reading of Genesis and the sense of statements in the major prophets, where the heavens being spread out is described in terms of a tent being expanded. Or, sometimes military terms are used, where God says He caused the whole celestial sphere to “stand up” or be “marshalled.”
So let us take a look at a sketch my wife did one evening about three years ago. She sketched the Sombrero Galaxy. This galaxy is a common object for a lot of observers, but it is worth seeing over and over again. It’s “just” another galaxy–one of hundreds of thousands.
The night she sketched it she was living on the edge, so to speak, by peering into space on her tippy-toes to see this object. While unable to step off the earthen platform, she was at least able to sketch its major features using a set of equipment.
But you must realize, we live on the edge, too. Life is short. There is not much time to discover the Creator of it all. My wife knows that Person. She lives on the edge with high stage cancer and no human hope of long-term survival. So every day is living on the edge. We know what that means. When she sketched this object, she had already had four cancer episodes; now she is on her fifth and it is the most serious. But she knows the One who made the universe, which includes earth, which is temporary. Her life and mine on earth is temporary, too. But on the other side of the “edge” for us is life eternal.
Do you have that kind of confidence and peace? The Source is pretty simple to understand. The thought is captured in a most succinct way in John 3:16 in the Bible. Find it, if you don’t know it. Read it ever so slowly. The Speaker is the One in Whom we trust. That is how we can live on the edge with confidence.
PS. If you are faced with a life threatening situation and want to know more about wrestling through such a time, you might want to look at Linda’s Spot at www.christworksministries.org