It is said that God is such a mystery. Sometimes we ask Him to answer prayers for us that seem never to get answered. We wait for an audible voice telling us to do this, that, and the other. But I have learned that sometimes God speaks to us and answers our questions and prayers through His Creation. I was asking God about a particular problem I’ve been having for years. I told Him I wanted an answer that day. So I decided to watch the Animal Planet channel to see what His glorious creation would reveal to me. And this is what I found out.
History says that in the past, people used to believe that our solar system was geocentric (centering and revolving around our planet Earth). But later on, we learned that our solar system was actually heliocentric meaning that our solar system revolved around the sun instead of our planet. Humans also used to believe that the earth was flat, but then it was discovered that our planet and all planets are round. To me, this said that at first, we may think that our life is about us. We think the whole world revolves around us, but in all actuality, it revolves around the sun or The Son. Knowing this keeps me from being egocentric, and it helps me to live a life centered around God and the Son.
But since it’s a heliocentric solar system we live in, let’s focus on the Sun/Son. Absolutely nothing on this planet would exist without the Sun. The sun is what produces the energy and food for plants to feed off of. Photosynthesis could not occur without the Sun. Also, we humans need Vitamin D which ONLY comes from the Sun. Some milk is Vitamin D fortified, but all that Vitamin D comes from the Sun. In a nutrition class I took in college, it said that people with pale skin need to be in the Sun for about 10 minutes a day, and people who have more melanin in their skin need to be in the Sun for about 15 minutes a day because the Sun needs more time to soak through all the pigment. As you can see, EVERYBODY needs some DAILY exposure to the Sun/Son to stay healthy. Some may need more than others, but all need to spend some time. Do you pray or praise at least ten minutes a day?
The Sun is also VERY powerful. The Sun is about 93 million miles away from our planet and yet people can get skin cancer from being in it too much and/or for too long. I wonder why skin cancer was not so big a problem in the past. I know people in Africa and Mexico have more melanin in their skin, but they are in the sun for several hours a day with no skin cancer. Even White farmers in Europe and America back in the day would be in their crops for hours and not develop skin cancer. I heard from Kevin Trudeau’s book Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About, that many skin cancer cases are caused from toxins we put in our body reacting to the sunlight. So I believe that toxins (tanning lotion, sun block even, certain lotions, and other products) may have a lot to do with it. When the Sun and the toxins collide for too long, THEN cancer happens. I take that to mean that if we keep too much bad in our life for too long in the presence of an almighty God without washing it away, the powerful good and the powerful bad will not react well together. We need to live holy lives and leave the bad behind because God will eventually give the bad what it is due.
So the Sun is SO VERY far away and yet it impacts our lives tremendously. According to Wikipedia, “energy from the Sun, in the form of sunlight, supports almost all life on Earth via photosynthesis and drives the Earth’s climate and weather.” Without the Sun no plants would grow, so every herbivore would die. And if every herbivore were to die, then every carnivore would run out of meat and would die too. It all begins with the Sun. While watching the Animal Planet show, it was showing us how the Sun creates an entire cycle around the entire world. I don’t understand all of it, but I’ll try to write some of what I saw and heard. Okay, so starting in the North Pole for example, the Sun will show up after four or six months of being gone. When it shows up, the Sun will melt and cause the snow to crack. Then the melted ice water will flow to other places all over world to give drink to the animals and water for the vegetation to grow. Because the Sun is so hot in places near the equator, they have a lot of drought which causes famine. So the Sun controls water. It can evaporate it and cause thirst, or it can freeze it and cause thirst. BUT it can melt it and cause water to come, and it can cause rainstorms with clouds to cause it to rain again and cause water to come down. The Sun is in control!
Wikipedia says, “Sunlight is Earth’s primary source of energy. The energy stored in petroleum and other fossil fuels was originally converted from sunlight by photosynthesis in the distant past.” So the oil that people start wars over would have no power and energy or use had the Sun not initiated the photosynthesis that would create the energy. Without the Sun, no one would be driving cars not to mention many, many other things. Also, solar energy (energy from the Sun) is used a lot in the world nowadays, and we know that would cease without the Sun.
Here’s how the Sun reminds me of the Son (Jesus) and God. It may be very far away (like They are in heaven), but its presence can be felt so near. Even while God and Jesus’ beings are in heaven, Their presence can be felt physically on the Earth. Would it be too much of a stretch to say that the Holy Spirit is like sunlight since it’s God’s power on the Earth? Similarly, even while the Sun is about 93 million miles away, it can be physically felt on Earth. The Sun is ALWAYS there for us. Even at night time, it’s only hours away. It also seems that it’s very hard to be sad in the daytime. It’s at nighttime when the Sun is gone that we feel saddest. We also suffer from various degrees of seasonal affect disorder in the winter when the sun isn’t seen or felt as much. In some parts of Alaska, people have to get light therapy because the lack of sun for 6 months in a row causes some people depression. So they will sit in front a big light for about 30 minutes a day to keep their spirits high. Just like the Bible say, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning!”
According to Wikipedia, sunlight can get from the Sun to Earth in 8 minutes and 19 seconds! I’ve also heard about 6 minutes. I wonder how long it takes for our prayers to get to God and how long it takes for His answers to get to us? I hear that some of the sunlight cannot get to the earth depending on how much smog and mess we have in the atmosphere. From the show on Animal Planet I was watching, in tropical forests, only about 2% of the sunlight gets to the floor of the tropical forest areas — even without any air pollution — because there are so many trees, tree branches, and leaves in the way. The ground is dark, but because of high-definition, high-tech cameras, documentaries can show us the ground on TV shows with enough visibility. But it’s actually very dark because the sun can’t get through all the vegetation well.
I wonder if some of God’s prayers don’t get to us in about 8 minutes and 19 seconds because of all the emotional baggage, mental “pollution”, and other trash in our lives. For example, if I am practicing witchcraft while I am an alcoholic and drug addict, I might pray to God for an answer for which career I should pursue in college. I may pray for weeks with no answer. If I don’t get the answer in “8 minutes and 19 seconds”, it may because I have all this stuff in the way keeping me from the answer. When I get all that stuff out of the way, I can make a way for God’s answer to find its way to my darkness. I found this on a secular website that was talking about how we need to use more solar energy. What it said was spiritually profound without even trying!!! “Just the tiny fraction of the Sun’s energy that hits the Earth (around a hundredth of a millionth of a percent) is enough to meet all our power needs many times over.” I wish I could write that percentage out, but I don’t know how to! The internet said 1.0 × 10-10, so I’m guessing that is 0.00000000001. I don’t know! The point is that God is able to do EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY, ABOVE ALL THAT WE CAN ASK OR THINK with just a fraction of His power and might!! (Ephesians 3:20) I believe that if God would just give us around a hundreth of a millionth of a percent of His power, He could meet all our needs many times over!! The website also reads: “In fact, every minute, enough energy arrives at the Earth to meet our demands for a whole year – if only we could harness it properly.” IN ONE MINUTE, I believe God can meet ALL our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19) in one year IF we harness His power properly!
Like God, the Sun has been there for as long as any human can remember. Wikipedia said that it has been around for about 4.57 billion years. I love the “alwaysness” of God. While stars may explode and asteroids sail away, the Sun will always be here for us. Most of the days when we step outside we are embraced by the Sun. That’s how God’s love is. It envelops us. People sunbathe to get a tan. I say we ought to be in church Sonbathing. We need to soak and be saturated in the overwhelming, unrelenting love of God. We may not always feel it, but it’s always there. The Sun hasn’t had an off day yet. It hasn’t moved from its place. Storm clouds may hide it from us, and the Earth turning its back to the Sun may cause darkness on your side of the globe at nighttime, but God has NEVER left us. One of my most favorite quotes is by C.S. Lewis. It says, “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” Atheists will scream for as long as they can, “God isn’t real! It’s a lie! It’s a myth! It’s a fable!” But they will only look like lunatics attempting to put out the sun by scribbling “darkness” “darkness” “darkness” “darkness” all over the walls of the cell in a mental institution. The Son will always be here!
The Sun reminds me of God in that it is so POWERFUL! The Sun is unbelievably too powerful for even the human mind to conceive. They say it’s like many atomic bombs going off at the same time all the time. They say that the Sun by itself accounts for about 98.6% of the Solar System’s mass! That means we are so insignificant in the great scheme of things. Don’t get me wrong though; we are VERY important to God. That’s why He spends so much time with us and on us. But the solar system or universe does not revolve around us. We and the other planets, black holes, constellations and stars, asteroids, comets, meteorites, etc. comprise of 2.4% of our solar system’s mass. Not just the earth, mind you. I’m talk about every other thing in the solar system AND Earth make up 2.4%. That means we’re not even close to 0.5% of what it’s all about. And we have the audacity to give God a lowercase g while we write and sign our names with a capital letter. What a nerve…
Just like the Sun, while we know many things about God from the Holy Bible and the revelations He reveals to different men and women, there is much we still don’t know about the Sun. According to Wikipedia, “Although it is the nearest star to Earth and has been intensively studied by scientists, many questions about the Sun remain unanswered.” Because we as the human race have not existed long enough, we cannot possibly understand all there is to understand about the Sun. The same goes for God. We don’t have enough access, equipment, records, etc. to get enough information on the Sun. To totally understand it, we’d have to have been there alongside the Sun about 4.57 billion years ago. Just as a mother knows almost everything about her child, but a daycare worker who met the child at age four will never know it all, the same goes for us. God gave us very intelligent brains so that we could attempt to figure Him out, but because we are “4 years” late to arrival of the Sun, we can’t possibly know how it all started and how it “grew up” – just like a daycare worker. We are merely guessing. I believe that God puts an interest in things like nature and astronomy in some people so that they can prove the existence of God (although some try to do just the opposite with some evolution and Big Bang views).
Just like God, sunlight is very bright. According to Wikipedia, “looking directly at the Sun with the naked eye for brief periods can be painful. Looking directly at the Sun causes phosphene visual artifacts and temporary partial blindness. It also delivers about 4 milliwatts of sunlight to the retina, slightly heating it and potentially causing damage in eyes that cannot respond properly to the brightness. UV exposure gradually yellows the lens of the eye over a period of years and is thought to contribute to the formation of cataracts, but this depends on general exposure to solar UV, not on whether one looks directly at the Sun. Long-duration viewing of the direct Sun with the naked eye can begin to cause UV-induced, sunburn-like lesions on the retina after about 100 seconds.”
From the many accounts I have heard of people who have been granted a visit to heaven to the very throne of God, they say that God is so bright and powerful that you can’t look at Him. You have to look down because He’s so bright. In heaven, we get glorified eyes and bodies so that we can withstand His glory better, but like the Sun, if we look for too long and too close, we will not be able to do so without serious consequences. If the Sun hurts us now being 93 million miles away from it, imagine if we were only 91 million miles away from it? We’d burn up to a crisp. On the other hand, if we were 94 million miles away from the Sun, we’d all freeze to death. Actually, it’s more precise than that. We’re really about 92,960,000 miles from the Sun, but if we were even 92,059,999 miles away, we’d be frozen within minutes or seconds. And if we were only 92,960,001 miles away, we’d burn up within minutes or seconds. God set the world up so precisely for our success in the solar system, that every day is a day to praise Him! Some people leave the faith if a loved one dies or if they get hurt by the church, but if they only knew how easy it was for the entire Earth to be utterly annihilated, they’d be at least satisfied it wasn’t the death of all six billion of us (and I’m not trying to make light the death of loved one, just trying to show that God is good ALL the time).
The perfect harmony of the set up of the universe makes me so happy that God is so gracious and merciful to us all. If God was as merciless as many atheists claim at times, then He’d gently will an asteroid to knock our Earth a little closer to the Sun by about 1,000 miles. But He’s so merciful, He lets us stay safely where we’ve been for so many, many millenia. If He is so hateful as some claim, instead of letting one child die (as many agnostics and atheists tend to use as proof of God’s lack of love or nonexistence), He’d send us over by Jupiter and let us freeze to death. Also, we know that each of the planets in our solar system circle around the Sun. Well I recently figured out that there is an asteroid belt that circles the sun with us. If God had set the asteroid belt between us and Mars instead of where it is now between Jupiter and Mars, we’d risk pulling some of the smaller asteroids with our gravitational pull. Those asteroids would be slamming into us on the regular. We’d be living in fear of “9/11” incidents all time! Astonomers say we can’t even see these asteroids with the naked eye. God has protected us from danger seen and unseen! If we only knew how ugly life would be. When I stopped seeing things from a geocentric (or egocentric) perspective, God and life start to look real nice, fair, and merciful. But if I stopped looking at things from a heliocentric (or God-centered) point of view, it would appear that life was unfair, mean, and sucky.
So next SUNday which happens to be the day that many Christians choose to worship the Son, go to a good Bible-believing church and think about the all the awesome attributes of God and the Son. Praise Them for it! While some people do worship the actual star Sun, I am NOT referring to that. I am saying that the sun serves as a reminder to me sometimes of the glory, mercy and kindness, love, power and might, and importance of God. If you think the Sun is glorious, imagine how much more glorious the Designer and Creator of the Sun must be!