Hi David here. I was struck by Rob’s post on Belovedness. It got me thinking about the cross, what it means to people when they se it and where they see it.
A way out in space lies the Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as M51). It has been described by scientists as an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy that is estimated to be 23 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is one of the most famous galaxies in the sky.
The Whirlpool galaxy was discovered in 1773 by Charles Messier. In 2005, the Hubble telescope noticed something strange. In the middle of this Galaxy is a strange formation. That formation, is a cross. Some may think it looks like an x, but take a closer look:
That looks like a cross to me. One reason that it does not look like an X to me is because the vertical part is bigger than the horizontal part. It seems like its meant to be viewed from an angle, as if the camera was below the direction that the formation was facing. Either way, I see a cross. Actually I see something more. I see heaven.
So what? (you may be asking). I just think that the odds of an object (M51) in space 23 million light years away looking like a cross is quite remarkable.
I believe that this galaxy and the rest of the universe was created by an intelligent designer. His name is God. He knows the name of every star in the universe because he created them and holds them all in the palm of his hand. He is a big God. He is beyond words. He is indescribable. He was there in the beginning, he is here now, and he will be around forever.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
~ Genesis 1:1-3.
So what does this mean to you? Do you see an ‘X” or a cross? What’s your point of reference? Here’s my reflection on this:
The Celestial Cross
In a galaxy far far away
I’ve seen heaven in the sky,
A long long way out
Then a long large way up high.
At the far end of the universe
Did God place heaven there for me?
Beyond the reach of human eyes
One day for us to see?
Set in this celestial galaxy
There lies a perfect cross,
Beyond the gamble of chaotic chance
That evolution has won and lost.
So look to the sky and count the stars
I wonder if you can?
Find your heaven, then join the dots.
It’s all part of the Master’s plan