Do You Ever Just Look At The Sun And Think?

The Sun by NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterDriving home from work yesterday, it was probably only the second time I had to deal with sun glare on my way home since the switch to Daylight Savings Time. There simply hasn’t been a lot of brilliant sunny days lately, but yesterday the sun was in full force on my drive home. And because it was within 30 minutes of setting, it was low on the horizon, and yes, it was large (that phenomena is an entire blog post to itself).

And I was struck, as I have been many times in the past, by the thought of what the sun really is. Because of course, the  sun is not just this bright source of light in the sky, witnessed since birth, and taken for granted equally as long. The sun is enormous and colossal, and it’s mass consists of all but a small fraction of the mass of the entire solar system! It is literally a violent and sometimes unpredictable hydrogen and helium fireball, for which life as we know it is entirely dependent. How about that for a humbling thought!

Do you ever look past the light it shines, the warmth it embraces us with, and think about how utterly foreign this bright and giant orb in the sky really is? The sun is both the most familiar and the most foreign thing in nature that we experience, and yet if not for the sun, that experience would not exist, because we would not exist.

Do you ever just look at the sun and think?

photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

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