Majesty in the Orion Nebula

Since the beginning of humanity, we have been fascinated with the night sky. We’ve intuitively know that there’s something bigger out there, something that created all of this. During our existence on Earth, we’ve devoted countless hours and spent an immeasurable amount of money to stare into the heavens. Over time, we’ve recognized shapes in the stars (called constellations) and given them names to help us with our studies and understanding. Taken by the Hubble telescope, the above photo is from one nebula, the Orion Nebula, which is part of the Orion constellation.

Thanks to the Hubble Telescope, we’re able to see intricacies and the beauty of something that seems so common and mundane to us on Earth. In 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched that will be able to get even more intricate pictures than the Hubble telescope. This new telescope will not only teach us more about space, but it’ll teach us more about God and his amazing creation.

Orion’s belt, with the Orion Nebula in the lower middle.

It’s sad to think that we have become so bored of what other cultures have found so amazing. The things that filled people of long ago with awe and wonder have been drowned out by light pollution and apathy. We’d rather watch reruns on television than look at a starry night sky. We struggle to take the time to look up from our screens, let alone taking the time to look up to the skies.

We should never get bored with God’s creation. Being bored of creation means that we’re bored of God. God didn’t only give us special revelation (the Bible), but he gave us natural revelation too. We can be in awe of his love and grace through the Bible, but we can get a feel of his majesty and power by looking at what he’s made.

And he did it all for you and me. Everything he made, he did it for you and me.

So the next time you go out at night, look up at the stars and remember the God who created them with just a word. If you happen to see Orion, remember God’s majesty that is revealed within that simple series of stars.

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