The Beautiful Impossible


Hubble image

Unbelieving types often wonder how in the world we can believe in “miracles” that seem so impossible. What’s “impossible” anyway?

I was just reading some galactic facts that blew a brain circuit. Get a load of this.


“Fourteen billion years ago the entire universe we observe today—containing upwards of 100 billion galaxies—was contained in a speck much smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.”

“The speck suddenly expanded in an inflation that lasted for a billion billion billion billionth of a second, bringing the observable universe of matter and energy into existence.”

“In some versions of the inflation scenario, the part of the universe we observe is just a tiny fraction of what exists. Vast realms of galaxies are too far away for their light to have yet reached us.”

“The visible stars and galaxies are just the tip of the cosmic iceberg. Space is also filled with mysterious dark matter and energy that make up most of what exists. We know this stuff is out there by its effect on the luminous galaxies, but so far no one knows what it is.”

(from The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene)

So don’t be afraid to believe in the “impossible.”

3 Responses to The Beautiful Impossible
  1. Kathy F
    April 26, 2012 | 10:55 am

    Amen, David. I can’t quite wrap my mind around those facts, but it is good for my feeble mind to try. Makes me more mindful of who God is and who I am and how nothing is impossible with Him.

  2. David
    April 26, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Yeah–it’s impossible to wrap your mind around these things. Until we acknowledge that, we can’t make much spiritual progress. Almost all our trouble comes from trying to think our way to enlightenment. Doesn’t work.

  3. Ginny Lovas
    April 27, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    David – this whole COSMOS thing not only boggles my mind but has also always scared me as well. Do not know why – I try not to think about it. For me, somehow, things need to be present and close, so I can wrap my arms around “it”.

    I just left the Coast Guard Auxiliary Base in Norwalk, where I spent some time watching the white caps surling at the edge of the Beach. I ccould see this, and understand that the wind was part of this action – but the COSMOS????


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