What Moves You?
Studying astronomy is giving me a whole new perspective on life. Although I've always been aware of and fascinated by our infinite universe, I never really took the time to educate myself about it. Sure, I've seen pictures of our galaxy, and I've learned a bit from those cute little models that the kids made in elementary school. I've seen videos of the first man on the moon; a few pictures of planets; photos of the Earth from space, but that's about it. Other than that, I pretty much sit here in the middle of inexplicable phenomena -- balanced perfectly amidst forces and chemicals -- planets, and stars -- surrounded by a belt of meteors (which, by the way, seem to be aiming for us lately) -- and I somehow manage to simplify life to that which I can conjure up in my mind or that which this tiny little world tells me is true. Crazy.
One thing that really intrigues me in class is the concept and reality that everything in the universe is in motion. The Earth, the planets, the stars, the chemicals, the forces -- all of it -- everything out there is in motion! Nothing is static. I get exhausted just thinking about it! My life continues as the physical organs work and move -- the stars live on as their chemicals continue to fuse -- gravity is constantly at work; just a constant necessary force -- and round and round it all goes beating, fusing, pulling, pushing, falling, spinning, rotating, revolving... AWESOME. The interesting thing is that all of the motion has purpose. It's all working to sustain or create new life. The universe isn't just a random set of movements that create chaos -- it's beautiful, awesome, and ordered motion -- constantly creating new entities the majority of which we will probably never know.
I believe there's a lesson there for we busy, bustling, and always moving people here on Earth. What is our motion about? Is it ordered? Are we creating something new, beautiful, meaningful, and purposeful? Or are we moving carelessly and creating chaos in our lives and the lives of those around us? Sometimes we try so hard to create that which will happen naturally if we just let it be. There is plenty occurring without our input, and it's far beyond anything we could ever conjure up on our own. There is a power that is far beyond ours. We can learn a thing or two from our universe which does nothing except to be, and be moved by the Mover. Thomas Aquinas said this is one of the proofs of the existence of God. In very basic terms, he said: ". . . things are in motion; anything moved is moved by another; there must be a first mover (a mover that isn't itself moved by another). This is God." Now that's moving. I'm going to try to simply be moved today.
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