Do you remember how, as a child, you sometimes lay down on the snow-covered ground and gazed at the starry sky? Maybe you even recognized some of the constellations. Do you remember that strange feeling? That space seemed so large and alien, wonderful and fascinating. Maybe even a bit frightening.
I can still capture that feeling. I remember I was quite certain that the stars twinkled if you stared at them long enough. I wondered about that all. What is space, and how far does it reach? What is my place in relation to it?
Now I feel lucky that I do not need to understand what space is, how far and how hot the sun is, or what we mean by a black hole. Even as an adult, I can lean back on the snow and simply admire the starry sky. I can feel enchanted by the shimmering dance of aurora borealis or the sudden, unexpected shooting star. I will leave all discussion and pondering of the secrets of the universe to scientists.
I appreciate the way the first lines of the Bible describe the creation of the world. God started by creating the heavens and the earth. On the third day He created “the two great lights—the greater light to have dominion over the day and the lesser light to have dominion over the night—as well as the stars”. Later God allowed the man and woman He had created to rule over and protect the whole of His creation.
The story of creation shows that human reason is not enough to guide our faith. Creation is like a signpost to faith. Faith is belief, not knowledge.
Man has been given a huge amount wisdom, which has been used to develop the most complex and curious things. Man was even able to enter space decades ago. But what is the consequence of all this wisdom? One outcome is the increase of orbital debris, which now causes a risk collision for satellites. How small is man! Aspiring to rule and control space, yet unable to do it.
If, on a cold and starry night, I now want to capture some the strange feeling I had while watching the stars as a child, I put on the piece of music titled Da pa¬cem Do¬mi¬ne by Arvo Pärt. I can be transported into the mystical world of aurora borealis by Ola Gjeilo’s The Nort¬hern Lights. It is awesome to be able to imagine the starry sky while listening to music! At such moments I feel totally encompassed by the beauty created and gifted by God.
Could we think that the universe is a picture of eternal life? We can understand very little of the universe, no matter how hard we try. We know about limits, beginnings and endings, and restricted time periods, but we can never fully comprehend infinity or endless eternity.
Text: Hanna-Maria Jurmu
Translation: Sirkka-Liisa Leinonen
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Monet suunnitelmat ovat tänä poikkeuksellisena keväänä muuttuneet. Muun muassa perhejuhlien järjestelyjä on pitänyt miettiä uudelleen. Tämä on koskenut myös avioliittoon vihkimisiä. Nyt vihkimisiä on toimitettu niin, että koolla on ollut vain joitakin läheisiä, ja muu juhlaväki on seurannut tilaisuutta ehkä virtuaalisesti.