June 6, 2012
Transit of Venus 2012
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Today was the transit of Venus. Chances are, this will be the only one we will ever see in our life time. It was beautiful, but for me, personally, it was profound. It was a reminder of how we are so small, but we are part of something so much bigger than ourselves.
Life can be busy, relaxed, self-absorbed, selfless–but in the grand picture of the vast universe, our individual physical actions do not play much of an influence on the rest of the physical universe. At least, not on a single individual level. And then I realized–
–we are a lot more connected than we give ourselves credit. Looking at the sky where the tiny black dot crossed past the sun, it really started to hit me. It is truly amazing that we are composed of the same elements that make up the planets, that make up the stars and galaxies. In some ways, human beings are so small, and in other ways, human beings are part of something so big, so infinitely connected.
And it is fascinating because, in spite of how large and intricate the universe is, you cannot find God “occupying” it. Like, the universe is far too small and simple to occupy God, but you can find God’s presence in the human heart.
Personally, I feel like the transit is a reminder of how we are part of something so much bigger and that there is still so much out there to explore and discover. God is always present, always aware, and is perfect in everything He does. The transit for me was another way God gently knocked on my door to remind me of how He is always in my life. And, the adventure is always out there, so long as we are curious and determined to pursue it. =)
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” –Rumi
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” –Marie Curie
“Even after all this time The sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe Me.’ Look what happens with A love like that, It lights the Whole Sky.” –Hafiz
“Man is a universe within himself.” –Bob Marley
“I call witness the revolving stars, the planets that run their course and set, and the night as it darkly falls, and the morning as it softly breathes; behold, this [Divine word] is indeed the [inspired by God] Word of a noble Apostle, with strength endowed, secure with Him who in Almightiness is enthroned.” –Surah At-Takwir, Ayahs 15-20
“The sun and the moon run on their fixed courses. The stars and the trees both prostrate. And the skies He raised high, and He has set up the Balance. In order that you may not transgress the balance.” –Surah Rahman, Ayahs 5-8