If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 130:9, 10
There is a line in the Jodie Foster movie “Contact” in which she says, that if we are alone in the universe then “it seems like such an awful waste of space.” That sentence came to mind today as my oldest daughter watched a “Blue Planet” episode about deep oceans. For 50 minutes we watched amazing footage of creatures who live so deep that no one had even seen them until this century. Thousands of years of human history in which no one had any idea of the beauty that was sharing their own planet. Is it a waste of beauty? Are the images that come from the Hubble telescope a waste of beauty, when humanity has no idea that any of it is even happening?
Instead, I am in awe at the wonder of God who creates deep sea octopi and deep ocean coral in a myriad of brilliant colors living in a completely dark ocean in which their color can rarely be appreciated. I am in awe at the creator God who fills the universe with beauty far beyond our ability to see it. What does it tell us of the character of God that he fills every square inch of His creation from the microscopic to the macrocosmic, with the same detail and beauty and delight?
What is even more awe inspiring, awesome in the true meaning of the word, is that a creation so big it would take a thousand lifetimes for humanity to fully explore is only the “finger work” of Yahweh, our God. The vastness of creation that is populated with wonders, in some of which only God will delight, is a blip compared to the grandeur and majesty that is God himself.
A waste of space, a waste of ocean, or a beautiful canvas upon which we can glimpse a little bit of the nature of our God?
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1