“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,…”
~ Genesis 1:14 ~
One of my favourite things to do on warm summer nights (and sometimes cold winter nights…) is to go outside and lay on the grass to look at the stars. Sometimes it’s hard to see a lot because I live outside a city, but I still get to see quite a spectacular show! I remember last year when I was camping, I got to see about 20 shooting stars! I was pretty excited, especially since I hadn’t seen any since I was little. I guess the sky has always been something I’ve been fascinated with.
Stars and all the other extraterrestrial beings out there are pretty amazing. Everything from the stars to planets, moons to nebulas, galaxies and I guess the whole universe! And all throughout it I see such incredible design, and especially what I call the fingerprint of God.
Our galaxy and planet is placed in such an incredible and perfect position. But for now I’ll just talk about its surrounding starry host. Think of our sun, it’s a red dwarf G2 star. It’s neither too big nor too large, not too hot nor too cold and it’s at the most perfect position and distance away from us. And without it, pretty much all life on earth would be dead…. Which would be awfully sad. The sun keeps our earth warm and bright. It keeps plants growing and us healthy. Our moon is also just the right size and the right distance away. And once again, without it most life on earth would be dead. It controls our tides and we need water to be moving to be safe and alive! The moon also gives us a soft light and we use it for the times and seasons.
“The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.”
~ Psalm 104:19 ~
I have to say, this is one of most interesting thing about our night sky: its change with the seasons. Although the stars don’t actually move, our earth does and this is how the ancients (and even people today) kept track of the seasons. If you know the sky well enough (which I unfortunately don’t…) you can tell what time it is, and of course, what day and month it is! I have to say. That’s pretty amazing! God gave us this giant, incredible clock and calendar that’s set in perfect motion. It’s in a big circle all above our heads!
You may have wondered what the “fingerprint of God” I was talking about back in the beginning, and I shall now explain it for you! One of the things I (and many others) have noticed all throughout creation is this certain spiral. The spiral is usually called the Golden Spiral (discovered by Fibonacci). One of the places this spiral is found is in the spiral shape of our galaxy and basically all of the others in the universe! We also find the spiral in other places, but I will talk of them another time. But I call it “God’s Fingerprint” because it’s almost like He was signing His creation with His mark, so we would have to accept the truth that He made it. I mean, if you see the same pattern all throughout creation like this one does, you might start to realize Someone is trying to get your attention…
One of my favourite things do while stargazing is to count the constellations that I find. Sadly, I only know like… four different ones. But nonetheless, it’s still a lot of fun! That’s another part of the star clock, the constellations “move in the sky” as the days pass. Yet, they always come back in their proper season. Even the Bible talks about some well-known constellations.
“Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?”
~ Job 38:31-32 ~
Have you ever heard that scientists have tried to estimate the number of stars? I personally think that’s a little ridiculous because there are so many, they really can’t be counted. But the amazing thing is that God knows each name of the stars! Every single one.
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”
~ Psalm 136:9 ~
Just think, He knows the number of the stars and knows each name… but yet, they will all be gone one day. Yet, He created us to enjoy them, study them, and He loves us even more than them! There may be more stars than people, but we are even more important to God, the CREATOR of the UNIVERSE! I think that’s pretty amazing!
I have to say, after studying the stars and seen how the Bible talks about them, I now have a better appreciation and love for the night sky God has given us to look at. And to think, it all started with these Words:
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also.
~ Genesis 1:16 ~