“...Praise him, all you shining stars.” Psalm 148:3b (NIV)
I was clearly exhausted around 11:00pm, forcing my eyes open as I drove home from work on the evening’s empty streets. I was mindlessly flipping between Christian radio and a pop station. I also had a small moment of panic when I didn’t feel my phone in my pocket, only to realize it was merely on the passenger seat when I reached a red light.
Needless to say, I was exceptionally eager to get home, and in much anticipation for bed time.
As soon as I get home on most nights like this, I usually head straight for the door, robotically getting ready for bed and hopefully getting some reading in before passing out.
But as soon as I got out of the car, this time, I looked up.
Now, in Temecula, it’s not always easy to see the stars. All the street lights and signs and whatever else tend to obstruct a clear view of the night sky. (And then, of course, sometimes there’s clouds up there, too.)
Well, for whatever reason, the sky was totally clear.
And I have to admit, just looking at the stars totally took my breath away.
Okay, I’m no science guru, and I’m definitely no genius. Starting in high school I actually did relatively poorly in my science courses... but that is besides the point.
How ever little I know and understand about stars and space, the more I learn--and the more I actually observe it--the more I’m just totally overwhelmed by God’s handiwork.
Just staring up at the seemingly infinite amount of lights in the sky, all with their own solar systems a lifetime away, thousands upon thousands of galaxies and wonders, coming together to form an awe-inspiring masterpiece... I just feel the presence of God. Simply staring at the vastness and the intricacy of what He created gives me the chills and honestly makes me tear up sometimes.
That moment was crazy for me. It’s not like I’ve never seen stars before! But it was almost as if I hadn’t. God met me right where I was and showed me his power and beauty, all by having me take a few minutes to look up and experience his majesty.
It seems so simple. Yet it doesn’t. It’s hard to explain.
But moments like that, really taking in the beauty of what God has made... it makes me wonder how someone can see what I’m seeing and think it all happened by chance!
It is my firm and utmost belief that God created the heavens and the earth.
He created the perfect scenario for our beautiful life-sustaining world to grow and thrive--if we were just slightly out of position in space, our planet conditions would NOT be so ideal! He made the small things, and he made the big things. He placed each and every one of those stars out in space, and he also placed each and every human being on Earth with a purpose.
Here is what I think is so amazing:
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”
God loves us even more!!!
He not only calls us each by name. He created us in HIS image. He set us apart from the whole of creation. And when we messed things up big time by sinning, God was willing to sacrifice his son for us, to save us all.