Daily Worship

Seeing the detail

Neil I MacLennan January 09, 2024 4 5
Image credit: NASA, STScI/AURA
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Isaiah 40: 26 (NRSVA)

26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
    Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
    calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
    mighty in power,
    not one is missing.

Contrary to what you might imagine, very few astronomers are to be found at the end of a telescope with a beady eye peering through the lenses. Instead you’ll find an array of sensitive instruments and electronics capable of “seeing” things we can’t resolve with our eyes.

What we see with our naked vision is but a sliver of the richness and detail contained in the Maker’s universe. Those — almost fantastical — images you might have seen of nebulae, supernovae, giant stellar systems and the like have often been imaged using cameras that can “see” other forms of light such as microwaves, infra-red, ultraviolet, X-rays and gamma rays.

Much of the visible beauty in the universe we can’t see with our eyes — yet it is there, to be revealed by some other means.




Master Artisan God,

Your creation is too much for us. Our cup — and our mind — overflows. For what we *can* understand then let us be content with that and be filled by your bounty.

We praise you!


Master Artisan God

From the scale of the universe to the smallest subatomic particles that pulsate endlessly, giving us life and all of creation, your fingerprints are there. In us, on us, around us: everywhere.

We praise you!


Master Artisan God

It is not that you hide your creation from us; rather it us who simply cannot fully see it. Help us, this day, to find a different way of seeing your creation in the everyday world. Draw our attention to the hidden detail around us and within us.

We praise you!