The Work Of Your Fingers (Psalm 8:3-8)
Recently, the world looked back to a warm summer evening in 1969 when Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon. The feat of NASA to accomplish a challenge set by John F. Kennedy at the start of that decade was nothing short of miraculous. Although the brightest and best minds of the 60’s designed and built the rocket, capsule, lunar lander, and all that the venture would require, in retrospect, our equipment was very primitive. The fact that those men ventured there, landed, took off from the moon to rendezvous with the command module, and journey back to earth was awe-inspiring then and amazing that they made it as we reflect now.
Although the USA was able to accomplish that mission, in the scheme of things, we barely waded into space. The moon is so very close compared to the vastness of the universe. “One small step for man” was truly an accurate declaration. Armstrong’s step was tiny when one considers the frontier of apace that still eludes our ability to explore with anything more than a telescope.
For most of us, we have likely forgotten the enormity of the expanse that engulfs our tiny planet called “earth”. Consider with me once again how massively large are our surroundings…..
The sun is the star of our solar system and it is large—865,000 in diameter. If we could shrink the sun until it was the size of a basketball, it would be enlightening to observe the size and location of the other planets that revolve around our sun.
Mercury would be the size of a dot made by a pen, and it would be 15 steps away from the basketball. Venus would be the size of a BB and would be 15 additional steps (about 45 feet) further away from Mercury. Earth would be another 11 paces away and would be marked by a BB.
You would then travel through a huge asteroid belt and then Mars would be another 20 steps away and marked by a BB. Walk another 100 large steps and you will locate the largest planet, Jupiter, which is 11 times the size of earth and would be marked by a golf ball. Saturn is 224 steps further away and it is the second largest planet and it would be marked by a regular size marble.
Uranus would be 302 more steps out and it would be the size of a cherry. Keep walking another 302 steps and put down a green pea and that would represent Neptune. Now travel for 390 steps and put down a BB to represent Pluto. By the time you reach the location of Pluto, you will have walked about a mile! Scripture states that God holds all of that and the rest of the expanse of the whole universe in the palm of His hand: “God measured the heavens with the span of His hand.” (Is.40:2). Anyone hearing the song in your mind, “How Great Thou Art!”
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place—what is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).