The Sahara Desert

In Soul Food on April 25, 2011 by The Spillover

The Sahara Desert covers most of Northern Africa. At 3,630,000 square miles, it’s almost as large as the United States of America. That’s a huge desert (and a lot of sand).

Think of how many grains of sand are in a square foot of desert. A lot. Now think of how many would be in a square mile of desert. A whole lot. Now try to think of how many grains of sand are in the 3,630,000 square-foot Sahara Desert. I’m not sure if there is a word for whatever number it would be; if there is, it’s certainly too large a value for the human mind to appreciate.

The universe is like the Sahara Desert.

Our little world is within our little galaxy called The Milky Way. The Milky Way contains 100-400 billion stars and an estimated 50 billion planets. That’s just our galaxy. Our most powerful telescopes show us an array of other galaxies that seem innumerable. And here we are, in our little galaxy, on our little planet called Earth.

The Earth is like one of those grains of sand in the Sahara Desert. In a desert the size of the land mass of America, we’re like one tiny, little grain of sand. You’d almost need a microscope to see it.

On this one grain of sand lives about 7 billion creatures called humans. Though we’re so small that 7 billion of us only cover about 12.5% of the surface of our tiny, little grain of sand.

And then there’s a huge, glorious, magnificent God who created the whole Sahara Desert. Our God created the entire universe which by its mere size mocks any claim we have to intelligence. He is so awesome that he spoke the universe into existence.

God looks down at this vast universe He created, which is infinitely larger than we even know. God observes His countless galaxies filled with stars.

God looks upon us, His little creatures on this microscopic grain of sand.

And some of us are struggling with whether or not we want to give our life to God. Not in the metaphorical sense, but really…to make God the center of everything we do. To give it to Him.

I wonder sometimes what that must make Him feel. As He considers the galaxies He spoke into existence, here we are on our grain of sand wondering if He’s worth it. As we look back on Easter and move forward with “real life”, let’s remember we’re serving a God that’s larger than we can imagine. May this compel us to give Him more, and more, and more of us.

And if you’re one who is searching, perhaps wondering why people were so excited at the Good Friday and Easter services — answers await you. Move forward boldly, with faith. You’re moving toward an eternal existence of knowing the God who created not just the universe…but you.

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