Thursday Thought - Is the Earth big, or small, and why?

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Thursday Thought - Is the Earth big, or small, and why?

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31

Earth from orbit
Photo of Earth from lunar orbit
Pale blue dot
Photo of Earth from edge of our galaxy (Pale Blue Dot)

The photo used on this blog was to show us what we see when we look up. We see clouds. And when we look out, we see vast expanses of land. Even though we are connected to people and places across the world via email, social media, and live video messaging like Facetime we still get the feeling of just how BIG the earth is. If we were to ride a bicycle from Oregon in the USA to Chile in South America it would take us 14 months or longer. And that is only one segment of the Earth. We live on a HUGE planet!

Then, you look at the photos on this page and you can see that the further you get away from Earth, we become much, much smaller. All the stresses and struggles in our daily life seem very small when you consider that from the is hard to even pinpoint where you would approximately be on the Earth. And the photo from the edge of our galaxy (Pale Blue Dot) shows us that compared to the other things in the galaxy we're just a very tiny spec.

And God created all the universe and everything in it. There are at least 100 BILLION GALAXIES in the known universe!!!! Imagine if there was a camera that was 100 billion galaxies away that took a picture of us. We would be so small and tiny it would be like attempting to find one grain of sand in something the size of 10+ pacific oceans.

All of this to ask...Did God make the earth small, or big? And why?

I think in the grand scheme of His creation, he made the planet we dwell on very small compared to the vast universe He created. And God did that to remind us that no matter how small we might feel in our daily lives. No matter how much we think He doesn't see or hear us, we don't matter, or we're just not important...God reminds us that we are very important.

Hebrews 11:3 "By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible."

Genesis 1:1-2 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."

John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made."