The rotors are spinning at full speed, the manure is loaded into the trebuchet and the slack is out of the firing trigger.
Nervous? Troubled? Afraid? Don’t be. There is Someone who is thoroughly in charge. And no, it ain’t Valerie Putin or Vladimir Jarret. (Yes, you should be laughing. It’s okay.)
Deep breath. Read this and remember it tomorrow and next week. Your sanity may depend on it.
And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not.
There are 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) stars in our galaxy.
It is estimated that there are 100,000,000,000 (100 billion) galaxies in the universe.
That means that there are 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 sextillion) stars in the universe, or so I estimate.
Our sun, which we will consider an average star, burns 607,000,000 (607 million) tons of hydrogen per second in fusion reactions.
If we take the 10 sextillion stars in the universe multiplied by an average hydrogen burn of 607 million tons per star per second, we get a universal hydrogen burn of:
6,070,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (6.07 nontillion) tons of hydrogen per second.
1 gram of hydrogen contains 602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (602 sextillion) atoms. Remember “moles” from chemistry class?
There are 454 grams in a pound.
There are 2000 pounds in a ton.
Therefore, there are 908,000 grams in a ton.
If we take the 602 sextillion atoms in one gram of hydrogen and multiply that by 908,000 grams per ton, we get:
546,616,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (546 octillion) hydrogen atoms per ton.
Multiply the 546 octillion atoms per ton by the universal hydrogen burn of 6.07 nontillion tons per second, and you get:
3,317,959,120,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (3.318 novemdecillion) atoms of hydrogen consumed every second in the universe.
Because every fusion reaction is fusing 2 atoms of hydrogen into one atom of helium (plus an energy yield), we divide 3.318 novemdecillion by 2 and get:
1,658,979,560,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1.659 novemdecillion) fusion reactions per second in the universe.
God is specifically and infinitely conscious of every single one of those fusion reactions because He is the cause, driver and sustenance of every single one of them. If He doesn’t will it or permit it, it doesn’t happen.
This is the same God that spends every nanosecond of your life in a state of burning, aching, consuming love for YOU. Correction. He didn’t start loving you when your life began. He has loved you FOR ALL ETERNITY. There has literally never been a “time” when He didn’t love you. This is the same God that is so desperately and – dare I say it – pathetically in love with you that He died for you. In fact, He let YOU kill Him, because that was the only way that His love could be consummated. It had to be. And He knew it had to be that way from all eternity. And He still willed you into existence and knit you together atom by atom, cell by cell, in you mother’s womb WHILE He was driving 1.659 novemdecillion fusion reactions per second – just so you could maybe look up into the night sky and see this:
Please remember this the next time you see Him.