Schoolchildren learn to name our planet’s seven continents: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania (including Australia). But scientists say there were originally eight.
Zeelandia is a two million square foot lost continent now deep beneath the Pacific Ocean. According to one scientist, “If we could pull the plug on the world’s oceans, it would be quite clear that Zeelandia stands out,” adding, “if it wasn’t for the ocean level, long ago we’d have recognized Zeelandia for what it was—a continent.”
Researchers have now mapped the submerged land mass in remarkable detail. We can see its tectonic profile, along with the depth and shape of the ocean floor that surrounds it. This work is part of a global effort to map the planet’s entire ocean floor by 2030, depicting coastlines, territorial limits, and the names of major undersea features.
A similar story tells us about a possible ocean on a planet at the edge of our solar system. Researchers say they have discovered evidence that Pluto may have been hot enough when it was forming for liquid water to exist on the surface of the dwarf planet. The researchers used thermal model simulations and photographic evidence of fault lines taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to develop their findings.
Trusting creation or the Creator
Our materialistic culture believes that the material is what matters most. Secularists focus on the secular; consumers value consumption.
But nearly every day, a story emerges that shows us how little of the material world we really know or understand and how limited our secularistic, consumption-based worldview is.
Such stories invite us to shift our trust from the creation to its Creator, from the human to the divine.
The last car I understood was my 1966 Ford Mustang. I don’t know how to change the oil on my current vehicle, much less how to repair whatever goes wrong. If it won’t start tomorrow morning, I can insist on trusting my very limited expertise, or I can call a service professional who knows what I do not.
My last exposure to biology was in tenth grade. If I develop medical symptoms today, I can insist on trusting what I remember from my high school science class, or I can call a medical professional who knows what I do not.
Our Father knows more about Zeelandia and Pluto than science will ever discover. He knows more about you than you will ever know. He sees your past and future as if they were the present and stands ready to forgive you, empower you, and guide you into your best life (Romans 12:2).
Your role is to seek his forgiveness, power, and guidance. It is to admit that you are the creature and he is the Creator. It is to say with the prophet, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8). And then to let the Potter make your clay into the vessel that most glorifies him and most fulfills your purpose.
Are you trusting creation or the Creator today?