50 years ago today Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon and set a milestone in human history. I have always been a space exploration and astronomy enthusiast for as long as I can remember. I suppose I may have gotten the bug from my Mom who lived through and watched the birth of the space program and men walking on the moon. There is something captivating about us leaving the earth and exploring this universe that God has created.
For Father’s Day I got a 50th anniversary commemorative coin of the Apollo 11 landing and a piece of kapton heat shield that was removed from the Apollo 11 command module after it returned to Earth (a very, very, very small piece). It is a piece of history and probably the most unique thing sitting on my bookshelf among gifts and momentos collected over the years.
When I look at it – it is a reminder of history and what can happen when people have a common goal. It took more than 400,000 people working together to get 12 people onto the lunar surface. As a project manager I have studied the Apollo program and the planning, coordination and process required to execute such a feat. But it also reminds me of how big our God is and how big this universe is that He has created.
It took 400,000 people and 25 billion dollars to get to the moon which is roughly 239,000 miles from Earth on average. To get from Earth to Neptune, the farthest planet in our solar system is a 2.5 BILLION mile trip – 10,000 times farther than our trip to the moon. The nearest star to earth, Alpha Centauri is more than 24 TRILLION miles away (9,600 times farther away than the farthest planet in our solar system).
Now consider all that in the perspective that we are one tiny solar system orbiting our Milky Way galaxy that is 600,000 TRILLION miles across (or 25,000 times farther than the closest star). To put it another way if you could travel at the speed of light it would take 100,000 years to cross our galaxy. Now consider that there are by some estimates more than 100 BILLION galaxies in the observable universe and that is just what we can see.
God is infinite and his creation is inconceivably vast. Psalm 19:1-6 says “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.”
“The Heavens Declare The Glory Of God”Psalm 19:1
When I think about the incredible accomplishment of landing on the moon it reminds me of just how big God is and how vast His creation is. I’m in awe and it makes me worship and realize how small we are compared to the vast universe of creation. We have truly only just stepped out onto the front porch of God’s enormous handiwork .