thoughts looking up

Pleiades Star Cluster

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today, i feel small.

i’ve always been humbled when i look up at the stars, but this article only intensifies my realization that i am pretty insignificant.  three hundred sextillion stars – oh.  my.  goodness.

if you need that put in to perspective, that’s a three with twenty-three zeros after it:

300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

humbling, isn’t it?  (and if i had money to put on it, i’d like to think that even that number is low)

david considered in writing the psalms that in the grand scheme of life, we’re pretty insignificant.  he basically asked God, “why do You even care about us?” in psalm 8:4:

“i look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, moon and stars mounted in their settings.  then i look at my micro-self and wonder, why do you bother with us?  why take a second look our way?” (the message)

i’m blown away when i consider just how big the universe is, and just how small i really am.  i’m humbled.  i…  wow.

traveling mercies,
jdh

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