Approximately 13.8 billion years ago the expansion of space began, starting off the creation of the universe we now know and explore. Within the first second of this expansion forces from our standard model began to distinguish themselves such as the Nuclear Force and Electroweak Force. Particles began to form: quarks, hadrons, baryons, leptons. The universe cooled by over one billion degrees kelvin.
Stop for one moment and just meditate on the unimaginable energy and chaos of that first second.
That moment, it was also the beginning of you. It was the beginning of me.
Out of chaos we were birthed. Out of pure energy we have been assembled.
Approximately 380,000 years after the big bang we start to see electrons, protons, and neutrons forming the very first neutral nuclei of the universe.
The first stars then begin to form, manufacturing heavier elements that are responsible for the life we have today.
Our current solar system formed at about 9.2 billion years. And another 4.6 billion years later?
Here I am typing this blog post on my laptop computer, using wireless internet, drinking McCafe coffee (which I am not proud of but the price was right). I am breathing air that is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% others. Without these heavy elements, literally manufactured by stars throughout the ages, you and I do not exist.
If you just take a moment and ponder these facts, it will absolutely put you in a state of awe and reverence. Indeed, we humans are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
The universe spent 13.8 billion years creating you.
13.8 billion! And now here you are.
From an incredible chaotic fire ball of energy and sufficient time, we now walk on this planet living and breathing, playing and working, loving and hating.
Our lives are more than just a gift. They are a gift that took 13.8 billion years to make! Now, all we can do is live in the presence of this world, of our fellow humans. We can choose to live this life with grace, mercy, and love in relationship with those around us. In the words of Mr. Rob Bell, we now are called to “participate in the ongoing creation of the world.”
In light of all this, these words begin to take on a whole new meaning.
Thanks for reading.