By: Ivonne J. Hernandez
I was pondering today on the greatness and vastness of the universe, on how it is like a giant playground for human ingenuity and imagination; how it pulls us through its mystery and invites us to explore and learn more about it, and through that, learn more about ourselves…and about God. When I look at this glorious creation, and how, even every hidden detail is meticulously, and lovingly, crafted, I can only think of the loving hand behind it all. Like an Art student who learns to discern the artist’s invisible fingerprint on every work of art created, we can learn to see God’s hand in everything He created. When I look at a diagram of the known universe, and at the tiny dot our world is within it, I can’t help but wonder if it is all created just for us.
I am a big sci-fi fan and have enjoyed many hours of great imaginative shows of other worlds and civilizations in the far recesses of this universe; yet, the more I ponder the more I wonder. God’s love is so extravagant. The same God who upholds every corner of this vast universe, knows when I sit and when I stand, and understands my thoughts from afar (Ps 139:2). The same God who created the stars we see, meticulously created a tiny flower, hidden in a valley, who no one else but He would ever see; yet I can’t help but think, He made it just for me.
Because if I know He created that flower, who’s beauty and fragrance would only please Him, then I can know that my innermost heart, was also made just for Him. And this universe so vast, so extravagant so perfect, then perhaps fulfills its purpose when it makes me think of Him. Like a lover leaving clues for His loved one to pursue, everywhere I look I hear Him say, “Arise, my friend, my beautiful one, and come!” (Song 2:10). Come and see how much I love you. Come and see what I have done for you.
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.