20 March 2010

A Parabolic Universe


Sharing a delicious bite from the dessert of my day:

Sometimes people say that they cannot believe that,

if there is a God,

he would take interest in such a tiny speck of reality

called humanity on Planet Earth.

The universe, they say, is so vast, it makes man utterly insignificant.

Why would God have bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth

and humanity and then get involved with us?

Beneath this question is a fundamental failure

to see what the universe is about.

It is about the greatness of God,

not the significance of man.

God made man small and the universe big

to say something about himself.

And he says it for us to learn and enjoy—

namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful

and wise and beautiful.

The more the Hubble Telescope sends back to us

about the unfathomable depths of space,

the more we should stand in awe of God.

The disproportion between us and the universe

is a parable

about the disproportion between us and God.

And it is an understatement.

But the point is not to nullify us

but to glorify him.

~ John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life (emphasis added)

And what a glorious understatement!

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