For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. (Heb. 3:4)
Zat Rana describes a powerful reality of the beginning of the universe: Once upon a time, some 13.799 billion years ago, a state which we call the singularity sparked the void. It’s a state in which the laws of physics as we know them don’t work; a state that supposedly birthed the Universe. With it, we got space and time, energy and matter, all dancing and kissing as everything began to expand. Every atom, every star, every galaxy, every planet shot out of that one, lonely point of infinity.
These creations of ordinary matter, which include the speck of dust we call Earth, however, only make up 0.3 percent of the Universe. Around 68 percent of it is occupied by dark energy, an unknown entity responsible for the expansion of space. A further 27 percent is made up of dark matter, another mostly unknown entity. The remaining 5 percent is what we know and study, including that humble 0.3 percent of the total.
Even then, within this tiny fraction, the Milky Way has to contend with some 200 billion galaxies, the Sun with a septillion stars (a one with 24 zeroes), and our miniature home with somewhere in the range of another septillion planets. In the broader cosmological drama, not only is Earth not the main actor, but the idea that it has any meaningful role to play at all is absorbed and then dwarfed by sheer quantification.
Rana’s description is purely rational, based on the observable, and scientific theory. For one moment, contemplate what this means spiritually. Imagine the God who created all this from a single action. The power of this God is beyond any scientific description, no matter how brilliantly theorized. This same Almighty God also knew you before you were in the womb. This God called you by name at the baptismal font. This God watched over you, and patiently waited to hear your prayers, and sat with you in worship. Today, humbly ponder this awe-inspiring reality. Praise God the Almighty, the Alpha and the Omega!