Today’s story, article, essay, whatever you feel inclined to call it, is nothing like what I’ve normally posted except, I guess, my gemstone poems. It is a post all it’s own. And it’s about God, this world He made, and just how shocking they both are!
Have you ever been seriously shocked? Like so surprised you couldn’t say a word? I have. Various times. Most of the time it’s when something new takes me by surprise. But there are two things in this life that shock me no matter how much I am around them. God. And science. Science has stunned me all my life. It’s just amazing to learn how this world works! But nothing has EVER shocked me like God does. I can not tell you how many times I can be found wordlessly in awe of His goodness, His power, and His Godliness. God, in a word, is definitely surprising!
And not too long ago these two things, science and God, collided into my world and left me, well, shocked. What brought about their collision? Niagara Falls. When people would ask me later what I thought of it one word, and only one, would dash to mind. It was HUGE! I told some poor souls over and over because I just couldn’t forget it. It was huge! Yet I saw more than gallons of water, I saw God and science all in one.
I’ll tell you how.
This year I have been studying chemistry and I’ve discovered that atoms are amazing! The tiniest things in the universe, atoms and their inner parts, amaze me. Scientists do not understand these atoms or know how they work. Yet these tiny creatures are building blocks to everything! And when we arrived at the Canadian side of Niagara to see the falls for the first time in my life, these tiny atoms were on my mind. When I learn that 45,000,000 gallons of water crash over Niagara falls a minute, I was stunned. And also inspired. So I decided to try and figure out how many atoms go over Niagara. (Apparently giant waterfalls inspire me to do math!)
So I tried. After a lot of math, googling, and more math I came up with what I think is right. (‘Think’ being the key word here.) And the answer? Nineteen decillian, eight hundred and eighty-eight nonillian, fifty octillian, three hundred and fifty seven heptillian atoms go over Niagara Falls. In one minute! That number written out is 19,888,050,357,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Yeah. That’s a totally crazy number. Trust me it just rolls over my head.
But I do get the point. There’s a lot of atoms!
I have no idea if I’m right on this figure. And if you happen to know a scientist or someone that has studied science more than five months please get them to see if this is right. I feel crazy for telling you all I figured this. As sure I can tell it’s right, but if it’s not then I’m giving you all false information! Still even if my math was wrong the number can help us appreciate the fact that there are a lot of atoms in Niagara Falls. I can tell you that much for sure!
When I was little I knew there was a number only God knew. But until I combined Niagara Falls and chemistry I had NO IDEA. None! This earth is made up of millions (such a tiny number) of atoms. (It’s more like a quindecillian atoms.) And this earth compared to some stars in space is like atoms compared to this earth. Minuscule! Invisible! Totally wimpy! And God breathed those stars into being. Breathed! If I could breath anything into being I’d be absolutely stunned. But to God? It’s normal life. He breaths out the massive and the miniature. He is, after all first and last, so why not biggest and smallest?
We can’t even begin to understand the world of atoms and we are made of them nor can we understand the giant stars so far away. I find it so sobering when I realize that. If I can’t even understand the physical things around me then how, I ask, can I understand the God who made those physical things? The simple answer is I can’t. I can never fully understand. He is just so big!
This world is so much bigger than anyone could ever realize but to God it’s a footstool! My dear friends, God is big enough to hold you, strong enough to turn all things around, and loving enough to shrink from his unimaginably big size to our tiny world.
And it isn’t just God that’s enormous. His love is too. Just like those tiny atoms in the great river of Niagara, we are so enclosed in His love that we can never get out. So I stand, shocked, at the barreling greatness of Niagara Falls because it reminds me of God and myself. I am the atom and His love is the falls. And trust me, His love is HUGE!! HUGE! And though I should really just find a different adjective, I’ll stick with this one cause right now science, God, and a whole lot of water have shocked me into awe. Really huge awe!
What ways has God amazed you this week?