“Old Glory,” our nation’s flag, displays stars and stripes. How and why were these symbols chosen?
A friend sent an email with this photo. He asked me to guess what it was. The blue and black spots resembled round pebbles on cement. I replied, “Pavement?”
He answered, “They focused the Hubble telescope on a very small region of space to see how many galaxies they could count. It was equivalent to looking at the universe through a straw at a section of space. They then counted the number of galaxies contained in that small view. The number they came up with were about 10,000 galaxies. They extrapolated that number to the number of straw views contained in the sphere of the universe. They came up with 200 trillion galaxies, each containing at least 100 billion stars. Unimaginable!!! Of course it will be shown, over time, this number is actually less than exists due to Hubble’s limitations.” (Hubble has amazing photos in its gallery.)
Louie Giglio covers our expansive universe in his you tube, “How Great is Our God.”
Our flag’s design came through Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Hopkinson was an author and songwriter, composing several musical pieces including hymns for Christ Church in Philadelphia. In 1788, he published a collection of 8 songs dedicated to his friend George Washington and his daughter called “Seven Songs for the Harpsichord” and voice.
Hopkinson never received payment for his work on the flag.
Why stars and stripes? “From a book published in 1977 by the House of Representatives: ‘The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun’.”
God peppered the skies with stars. They are, “The work of your [His] fingers …” (Ps. 8:3-4)
He told Abraham to count the stars, if he could, and promised his descendants would be greater than the number of stars (Gen. 15:5). As mentioned above, the number is unimaginable. The numbers of Abraham’s descendants are too.
We can be thankful for our flag and its stars and stripes.
We can also be eternally grateful for God’s.