Ah,…parenthood,…the joys,…the challenges,…the monumental tasks set before us like explaining the universe to your child.
Have you considered the universe, lately?
Homeschooling here, so the universe has been front and center as we kicked off our Bible study with Genesis, which literally translates: In The Beginning.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
According to the Bible God spoke the universe into existence! No one else was there to report if it was a Big Bang,…or just voila and everything popped into place. Obviously something happened,…here we are x-amount of years later with the universe swirling around us, or we are swirling around in the universe. It can get all very technical when you count in all the different galaxies out there. Hello,…the earth, itself, is spinning on its axis around at 1000 miles per hour,…and I haven’t noticed lately.
The exact tilt of the Earth axis is responsible for our seasons,…unless you live at the equator, and as we all know the seasons are essential for growing healthy crops like French Fries, which of course come from potatoes. But when you are teaching an eight year old, French Fries alway catch their attention,…imagination,…and belief.
It takes belief to know that a mud-covered brown spud pulled from the soil can be turned into a delicious mound of crispy golden fries.
Belief is also essential for explaining the universe to your child. Either you believe God created the universe or you don’t. Exactly how everything came together can be debated,…although the Bible clearly states that God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Then the Lord lovingly crafted the seas and sky,…getting the oxygen ratio in the atmosphere jusssst right before dry ground and plants appeared on the third day.
Here is the really interesting part of the universe’s tale. There was light, sky, water, dry ground, and plants galore, but the sun, moon, and stars didn’t show up until the fourth day!
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,not one of them is missing.” – Isaiah 40:26
How many stars is that?
According to science websites it debatable between billions and trillions or billions of trillions. Lots of zeros, and that’s just in the universe we can observe.
Please note,…every star has a name. Not one is missing. Have you counted the hairs on your head lately?
Ah,…what does that have to do with the universe?
“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” – Matthew 10:30
Okay for some of us,…some hair might be missing,…getting older and all,…but even if that is so,…the Lord still knows how much is left.
Every hair on every person on this planet,…only 7.5 billions or so,…and then keeping up with all those stars in all those swirling galaxies makes it safe to say we serve an awesome God.
Explaining the universe to your child all comes down to faith.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
Not see? Or not seen, as in having not witnessed the creation of creation,…but knowing God’s handiwork is in evidence for if you study even a speck of science you cannot help but marvel how perfectly exact the universe has been created with not so much as an atom out of place. Wow! What show it would have been to have seen the universe created with all the glory of God on display.
Looked at a sunrise or sunset lately?
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.” – Psalm 19: 1-4
Obviously such an event as creation would have beyond our kin,…also the oxygen ratio wasn’t jusssst right for our mortal flesh. Hello, just think of all that radiation swirling around until it was put into perfect order for Adam and Eve’s arrival on the sixth day.
The coolest aspect of explaining the universe to our little guy has been to point out how lovingly God created all the essentials needed for our welfare,…the earth, the sun, the moon, and stars, the water cycle, the seasons, how plants grow and nourish the earth and us. Seriously it all fits in together so beautifully like a symphony,…and of course as an adult,…I know this, but we do tend to get busy with our lives,…and forget how loving is our God,…how caring,…and how compassionate. No detail is too small,…not even the hair on our head.
Add to all this, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Yes, it’s safe to say we serve an awesome God!