100 Billion X
by Peter Lane 27 May 2021
Springtime is my favourite time of the year. As I step out into our garden and the surrounding countryside, I find it difficult not to be completely amazed by the signs of new life all around me. The blossom and new leaves on the trees, numerous plants coming into flower, new born lambs and calves in the fields, ducklings on the water, and birds singing and searching for food to feed their young. The quantity of new life is vast and I can't attempt to put a number on all the things I see.
It's at this point I have a confession to make. Within our family I am known for exaggerating things - it is usually when something goes wrong and what is actually a minor mishap is made to sound like a major disaster. Our daughter Rachel, who is a Primary School teacher, has even been known to quote her dad when explaining the meaning of the word "exaggerate" to the children in her class!
However, when I try and quantify the beauty of all the things I see around me and then try and imagine that multiplied across the world and throughout God's creation I simply cannot put that into numbers. A quick search of the internet shows there are 8.7 billion people, 1.4 billion cattle, 1.1 billion sheep and 18 billion chickens in our world. The number of galaxies in the universe is estimated to be well over 100 billion - Wow!! Indeed, as the Psalmist says "Shout praises to the Lord for all he has created". It is impossible to exaggerate all he has done.
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As I step out into your world and look around me, I can see Your heart in everything You've made. If creation sings Your praises, so will I.