Yesterday I was driving home for lunch and I had my radio tuned to NPR as per usual, and they were in the midst of an interview with Marcia Bartusiak, who is an author, journalist and Professor at MIT. She writes about the fields of astronomy and physics. The interview was in regard to her new book called Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled On by Hawking Became Loved.
I know that this is the second post in as many months about astrophysics, but hey, you chose to subscribe to the blog of a space nerd, so you reap what you sow.
I was so enthralled by this interview that I pulled up the NPR live stream on my phone so that I could keep listening to it over lunch. I also bought her book after about 20 minutes of the interview. Some might say I can be an impulsive shopper, and to those people I say; you’re probably right.
This interview was wonderful because all of the questions were surface level, just asking Bartusiak to explain the rudimentary physics of black holes, and the historical progression of black hole science, which seems to be the focus of her book. I spent my childhood in Tucson, Arizona, which is the astronomy capital of the world (supposedly) and so my love affair with all things astrophysical began at an early age. When I graduated high school and left home for college my major was physics, because Texas A&M didn’t have an astronomy program (yet) and you had to declare as physics first before you could specialize in astrophysics.
My career ambitions changed quickly when I got to college and while I don’t regret anything about entering the ministry, my passion for space and science has not waned as the years have passed. As such, anything regarding this subject immediately peaks my interest.
Space and the mysteries of our magnificent universe enamor me. I am filled with wonder when I see images of nebulae, galaxies and stars. The shear immensity of these objects is beautiful to me. How incredible is our God that all of this exists! I am not one that believes science and faith to be at odds. I rather think they compliment each other beautifully.
We each see God in different ways, and I definitely see God in space. But, there is so much in the universe that we don’t yet understand. As a human being, I get frustrated when I cannot understand something. We all feel this way at times. We humans like to be right, we like to unravel how things work; we are very curious creatures. Yet, for all our scientific advancements, a majority of our universe remains unknown. That simultaneously frustrates and inspires me. It humbles me to know that after thousands of years we still haven’t figured all of this out, and it stirs within me the same passion that led explorers to board ships and rockets in order to traverse oceans and space to see what was out there.
I feel the same way when I think about God.
There are so many things that I don’t understand about God. That is frustrating to me, especially when tragedy strikes. I think to myself, how could God let this happen? Yet this holy mystery also inspires me to study and to search for answers. I hope you have found something that shows you the beauty of God’s creation. It may not be space for you, but whatever it is, don’t be afraid to get swept away in its beauty. And I hope you find wonder, joy, frustration and inspiration in God. We worship a God of passion and love; so don’t be afraid to get a little passionate yourself. It’s what dreams and stars are made of.
Have a wonderful week my friends,