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Creator

“For by Him all things were created: things in Heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Just think about that for a minute. Really consider for just a moment how big, how great, how awesome God is! Think about how fearfully and wonderfully we are created, how incredibly massive our universe is, and how intricately our world and all we know was formed by our Creator.

Did you know that aside from our sun, there are around 100 billion stars in our galaxy (and ours is one of the smaller ones)? Now imagine that our Milky Way galaxy is approximately 100,000 light years in diameter (that’s 100,000 times 5.88 trillion miles across). At its cruising speed of 17,000 miles per hour, it would take the space shuttle 39.5 billion years to travel across our galaxy. Even the Helios space probe, the fastest-moving man-made object in recorded his- tory, traveling at over 150,000 miles per hour, would still take 4.5 billion years to cross it. And that’s just our galaxy! Scientists estimate that there are over 100 billion galaxies in our known universe. That’s big! (research and statistics from http://www.nasa.gov)

When I think about just how big my God is, I first find myself in jaw-dropping, speechless wonder and amazement. As I continue to think on it, I become more and more deeply humbled—not only to realize that I’m not the center of the universe, but also to realize just how small and insignificant I really am in the midst of all creation. And then I start to wonder how someone so big as God could even know that I exist. But then I remember that God loves us so much—He’s so infatuated with us—that He knows exactly how many hairs we have on our heads (approximately 100,000–140,000, by the way, varying according to color). (Matthew 10:30)

You see, after He created the entire universe, the God of the universe came down to earth, dipped both hands into the soil, and formed us from the very dust. For someone who can create things so infinitely large, He finished with such love and care and intricate detail by forming us from the infinitely small. It’s as if He started large and broad in His creation and got more and more detailed as He went, focusing in on the point of His desire and the pinnacle of all creation. He did say that all of creation was good, but when He made man, He said it was very good (Genesis 1:31). And as He finished his creation, He bent down low and touched His very lips to ours, breathing His life into our lungs for the first time (Genesis 2:7).

Scientists estimate that there are anywhere from 50–100 trillion cells that make up the average adult human body. That’s more cells than there are believed galaxies in our universe! And each of those cells are comprised of even smaller pieces, all with funny names like lysosome, mitochondrion, and ribosome. It is estimated that somewhere around 100 trillion atoms make up an average human cell, and modern physics takes that even further to show us that each atom is made up of electrons, orbiting around a nucleus, and each electron is made up of something even smaller called quarks. There are approximately 70–80 octillion quarks in an average adult human—that’s more than there are estimated stars in the entire universe! Try to wrap your mind around that one!

Now do you see why the Scriptures say that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)? In an instant of desire, God created something so intricate as ourselves in a universe of such awesome magnitude. There are things so large we have yet to discover them (such as the ends of the universe), and things so small that we do not even know they are there (like whatever makes up a quark, for example), and now I wonder if an infinite God chose to make creation on an equally infinite scale—with the big always making up something increasingly bigger and the small always being made of something increasingly smaller.

It’s quite impossible for us to grasp the infinite. It’s truly mind-boggling to even consider something without a beginning or end, but not just in size, God is infinite outside of even time. He is the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13). He was never born nor created, and He will never die nor cease to exist. We serve an incredible God, a God whom we will never fully understand, but who will always amaze us, even through eternity.

We serve a powerful God, a creative God, a beautiful, wild, and exciting God, a genius God, an adventurous God—the same God who created forests and oceans, and mountains, and lions, and whales, and waterfalls, and fire, and birds, and flowers, and puppies, your spouse, your children, yourself… And He created all of this for us—for our living, for our pleasure, and so that we might understand His infinite nature through the seemingly finite world around us. He created the entire universe, and when it was finished, He then brought us into this world and said, “Here. I made this just for you. Take it. Enjoy it. Love it.” (Genesis 1:28-29) Can you see how much He loves us?

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