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To, In, and Through
October 7, 2021 by Nancy Ruegg
You’re going to be so glad you stopped by today. I’ve prepared a pop quiz for you—a little trivia challenge! But don’t worry–it’s multiple-choice and short.
How many stars do astronomers estimate occupy the universe?
A. 500 trillion
B. 750 quadrillion
C. 1 septillion
What are the objects in the above photograph?
A. Virus microbes
C. Starfish babies
What is the average weight of a cumulous cloud?
A. Over 10,000 pounds
B. Over 100,000 pounds
C. Over 1,000,000 pounds
Number one is a freebie, because an accurate count is impossible. But there are those astronomers who would agree with Answer C—1 septillion. That’s a one with 24 zeroes after it!
For the second question the answer is B—husks. In a few select areas of the Western Pacific Ocean, live tiny organisms called Foraminifera. When they die, the tide carries their husks—millions of them–to beaches on the coasts of Japan and Okinawa. Visit those places and you can walk on the stars.
The answer for #3 is C. Holding up even the largest of cumulous clouds is the air beneath them, which weighs even more.
I’m guessing you know a few amazing trivia facts too. Isn’t it astounding that the body of information about the universe continues to grow, even after centuries of study?
The short sampling of creation’s wonders mentioned above gives us a glimpse of God’s glorious capacities at work: his inventiveness, engineering skill, power and more. But we also see evidence of his magnificence in:
The Bible. No other book matches its wisdom. And when put into practice, it transforms a person’s life.
God’s attributes at work in the world—his love, grace, faithfulness, and mercy—to mention a few.
Miracles—happening around us every day. The problem is we’re so used to them we call them ordinary.
The gracious actions and glowing faces of his saints–miracles in themselves.
Truly, God reveals his glory TO us every day in countless ways.
But perhaps even more astounding: God—in all his magnificence—chooses to reside IN us when we say yes to his Son, Jesus.
Imagine. The fullness of God—all his glorious attributes—within us. And over time, as his Spirit instructs and trains us, we become more and more like Christ—more joyful, hopeful, and contented; less self-centered, dissatisfied, and distressed. Such a glorious reality!
“God is mercifully shaping our lives
into what is useful and beautiful.”
And then God chooses to make us channels of his glory, working THROUGH us to impact others.
Every time we choose to be generous instead of selfish, patient instead of peevish, mindful instead of thoughtless, or merciful instead of intolerant, we’re demonstrating the attributes of God to others.
And as we make ourselves available for him to work through us, we may very well become the answer to someone else’s prayer.
“To become the answer to someone else’s prayer
is to live a life of rich purpose.”
–Maggie Wallem Rowe
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O God, thank you for revealing yourself TO us in numerous ways, producing joy in our spirits as we earnestly seek you. I praise you for dwelling IN us, providing all we need (and then some!) for the abundant life Jesus promised. And I thank you for working THROUGH us to positively impact others and give us satisfying purpose. There is no one like you!
 The heavens don’t only include the stars, other planets, and moons. Our planet occupies a tiny corner of the universe, and everything in it also tells of the wonders of God.
 Hans Christian Anderson
 Ephesians 3:21; 2 Corinthians 3:18
 Run with the Horses, 79.
 This Life We Share, 242.
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