Monday Musings for 4.27.20

 

Dear Friends,

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:15-17

Our battle against the “invisible enemy” continues.  Of course the virus causing all these problems isn’t really invisible.  It’s just way too small for us to see.

I thought I’d share with you today something on the opposite end of the size spectrum.  I have attached some recent pictures of the surface of the sun.  The sun is big.  Real big.  How big?  1.3 million earths would easily fit inside.

There is weather on the surface of the sun.  Hot weather.  Duh.  But more than that, there are periodic eruptions called solar flares that release tremendous amounts of electromagnetic radiation.  These affect life on earth in many ways.  They cause problems with satellites, air travel, and electrical grids.  So understanding these solar weather patterns is important.  This science is in its infancy.

We have built a huge telescope on Maui to help with this research.  It is on a 10,000 foot high mountain, up where the air is clear.  It is named after Daniel Inouye, long-time senator from Hawaii.  Just about the time the coronavirus took over the news, the first images of the sun from this telescope were being released.

Never before have we been able to see these “kernels,” which appear to be small.  Actually, each one is about the size of the state of Texas.  (If you have ever traveled on Interstate 20, clear across Texas, you know it is a long drive.)

We live in an amazing universe.  We serve an amazing God.

Henry Golden wrote something that I have saved from a long time ago.  The title is “Why I Never Bawl Out a Waitress.”  It’s kind of long, so I have abbreviated it below:

I have a rule against registering complaints in a restaurant; because I know that there are at least four billion suns in the Milky Way — which is only one galaxy . . .  How many galaxies are there?  Billions.  Billions of galaxies spaced at about one million light years apart (one light year is about six trillion miles) . . . The scientists have found that the further you go out into space with the telescopes the thicker the galaxies become, and there are billions and billions as yet uncovered to the scientist’s camera and the astrophysicist’s calculations.  When you think of all this, it’s silly to worry whether the waitress brought you string beans instead of limas.

Someday soon we’ll be able to go to a restaurant.  Let’s hope!

In Christ,

 

John