April 28, 2008Beauty for Ashes
God’s Wonderful World
DO YOU REALIZE WHEN you go out on a starry night and look up at the glorious display of the Milky Way you see only the rim of the galaxy which contains billions of stars? If you traveled at the speed of light—approximately 186,000 miles per second—it would take 100,000 years to travel from one end of the galaxy to the other; and yet, according to our astronomers, there are billions of galaxies even larger than our own.
Earth is only a puny orb when compared to Jupiter and Saturn, yet Earth is the only planet fit for the existence of man. Earth’s surface is three-quarters water and one-quarter land. What a disaster it would be if the figures were reversed! Earth is 8,000 miles in diameter. If the earth was 10,000 miles in diameter, a 170-pound man would weigh 332 pounds; and at 6,000 miles diameter, we would have to wear oxygen masks to survive.
There is little emphasis today from the pulpit about the glories of God’s wonderful creation. Young people are bombarded with the theory of evolution and are seldom reminded that God is the Creator and creation is not a happenstance. And yet the Scriptures are full of references to the glories of God’s creation. As a teacher of the sciences at Toccoa Falls High School, it was my privilege to refer to the Psalms, Romans chapter one, and Colossians chapter one, among the many references to creation found in God’s Word.
God’s marvelous works of creation surround us. In the midst of all that glory, the Psalmist reminds us, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” Yet this mighty Creator of all things humbled Himself to die for us that we might be cleansed from sin and have eternal life.
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, the son of man that you care for
him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and
crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:3-5)
(By Mr. Leon B. Gathany, Toccoa, Georgia, TFC Alumnus, Toccoa Falls High School Faculty and Administrator. Taken from the book: Leaves From the Tree God Planted © 2006 by Toccoa Falls College, p. 112-113)