Union Ridge Church

Monday, November 23, 2020

by Reverend Dan on November 23, 2020

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1


OK, this is wild. I am not usually a science geek (that’s what you call people who understand science when you don’t), but this is awesome.


You may feel like you are sitting still right now, but you’re not. It's just an illusion of immense and miraculous proportions.


Our planet – Earth - is spinning around on its axis at a speed of 1,000 miles per hour.  That means every twenty-four hours, it pulls off a celestial 360.


We're also hurtling through space at an average velocity of 67,108 miles per hour. That's not just faster than a speeding bullet. It's eighty-seven times faster than the speed of sound.


So, even on a day when you feel like you didn't get much done, don't forget that you traveled 1,599,793 miles through space. (No wonder we’re so tired at night.)


And to top things off, the Milky Way is spinning like one of those pinwheels you buy at the dime store when you blow on it – spinning at the rate of 483,000 mph. (I know, dime stores don’t exist anymore. Cut me some slack. I’m old. Now it’s called “5 Below”.)


If all that isn't miraculous, I don't know what is. Yet when was the last time you thanked God for keeping us in orbit? I'm guessing you've never prayed, "Lord, I wasn't sure we'd make the full rotation today, but You did it again"! We just don't pray that way. And that is the ultimate irony: we believe God and give Him thanks for the big miracles like they're no big deal. But they are.


I guess the trick now is thanking Him for the little ones too.


“Father, Help us to give thanks for all things, big and small, and for the things we never think about that You take care of. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.”