Magnificence, Magic, Majesty: Part One

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson went on a camping trip.  After sharing a good meal and a bottle of wine, they retired to their tent for the night.

At about 3:00 in the morning Holmes nudges Watson and says, “Watson, look up in the sky and tell me what you see!”

Watson replies, “I see millions of stars.”

Holmes asks, “What does that tell you?”

Watson again replies, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.  Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.  Theologically, it tells me that God is great and that we are small and insignificant.  Horologically, it tells me that it is about 3:00am.  Meterologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.  What does it tell you Holmes?”

Holmes retorts, “Someone stole our tent!”

Perspective depends upon what we are looking for or listening to.  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1-3)

“The significance and joy in my science comes in the occasional moments of discovering something new and saying to myself, ‘So that’s how God did it!’” (Henry Schaeffer, director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, University of Georgia)

“By investigating God’s majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship.” (Francis Collins, former director or the Human Genome Project)

“The very order, disposition, beauty, change, and motion of the world and of all visible things silently proclaim that it could only have been made by God.” (Augustine)

“I am the Lord who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens…I marshalled their starry hosts.” (Isaiah 44:24; 45:12)

To be continued…