Then shrink our sun from 865,00 miles in diameter to only two feet … and place the ball on the pavement to represent the sun.
Step off 83 paces (about two feet per pace) and to represent proportionately the first planet, Mercury, put down a tiny mustard seed.
Take 60 steps more and for Venus, put an ordinary BB. Mark 78 more steps … put down a green pea representing Earth.
Step off 108 paces from there, and for Mars put down a pinhead. Sprinkle around some fine dust for the asteroids, then take 788 steps more. For Jupiter, place an orange on the glass at that spot.
After 934 more steps, put down a golf ball for Saturn. Now it gets really involved.
Mark 2,086 steps, and for Uranus … a marble.
Another 2,322 steps from there you arrive at Neptune. Let a cherry represent Neptune. This will take 2 1/2 miles, and we haven’t even discussed Pluto!
If we swing completely around, we have a smooth, glass surface five miles in diameter, yet just a tiny fraction of the heavens—excluding Pluto. On this surface, five miles across, we have only a seed, BB, pea, pinhead, some dust, an orange, golf ball, a marble and a cherry.
Guess how far we’d have to go on the same scale before we could put down another two-foot ball to represent the nearest star.
Come on, guess.
Seven hundred paces?
Two thousand steps more?
Forty-four hundred feet?
No, you’re way off.
We’d have to go 6,720 miles before we could arrive at that star!
Miles, not feet. And that’s just the first star among millions.
In one galaxy among perhaps hundreds, maybe thousands. And all of it in perpetual motion, perfectly synchronized, the most accurate timepiece known to man.*
If that steals your breath, just consider:
from across all that expanse,
all that vastness,
all that eternity,
King Jesus, Creator God
ventured into our realm that we might join Him in His.
I have come into the world as light, so that no one who believes in me need remain in the dark.
*Chuck Swindoll, Mind Under Matter. (Publication of the First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, CA)
** John 12:46, New Testament in Modern English, J.B. Phillips