First of all, I’d like to apologize for not writing a blog post last week and for this week’s post being late… I’ve been super busy for the past two weeks with homecoming decorating, preparing, and dancing! Last Sunday, I had the honor to preach in church and spent the whole week preparing my sermon for that. My mom recorded it, so this video will have to do as a substitute for last week’s blog. Here’s the video if you want to watch!
Anyway, lately I have been out every evening doing one thing or another and the sun has been setting earlier, so when I get home it’s always dark. Every night when I’ve been getting out of my car to come into the house, I look up to see if the stars are out. And I’m not kidding you, every single night this past week, the stars have literally stopped me in my tracks. I look up and gape at the beauty God has created. I can feel God’s presence and stand amazed in awe and wonder. In that moment I can feel his infinite love and power and my own weakness and smallness. And it feels SO GOOD to know that the God who holds the infinite stars in the sky holds my heart and cares for it so tenderly and delicately. Each time I look up into the night sky, I say as much of this Bible verse as I can remember in praise of God:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” ~Psalm 19:1-4
It is just so amazing to see God’s beauty in the night sky. And it is so obviously God. I don’t understand how people don’t believe in God when they look at all the tiny beautiful details of everyday human life. It had to have been designed by a creator. It is flawless. The skies, whether it be stars or sunrises or sunsets or clouds, speak of God’s creation more so than most people can. The wonder that lies within them speaks softly to people’s hearts and it’s comforting to know that the Creator of all the heavens loves each and every one of us personally. I think that how God speaks to us is so cool. He doesn’t have to use words but can speak through the beauty of his creation.
Sometimes I start to sing (like so loud that my neighbors can hear) “God of Wonders” because it is so fitting. It goes:
“Lord of all creation
Of water, earth and sky
The heavens are your tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on high
God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your Majesty
You are holy, holy
Lord of Heaven and earth”
So your challenge for the week: Go outside after it’s been dark for a while and look up. Just look up into the sky and stare for a minute. The longer you stare, the more stars you will be able to see because your eyes will start adjusting to the darkness. Read the Bible verses found in Psalm 19 as a praise to God or sing “God of Wonders” or just pray as you stare at his creation and marvel in his beauty. By the way, the weather forecast for tonight is clear skies! (perfect stargazing weather) Will you pray with me?
Heavenly Father, thank you for making the stars in the heavens by breathing them into existence. Thank you for speaking to us through them and all the other beautiful things you have created. We know that the same God who set the heavens into motion holds our hearts in his hands. Help us and the rest of the world to hear your voice speaking so profoundly in your creation. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you have about a fair amount of time, please go watch Louie Giglio’s video about the heavens. It is worth your time, I promise. I will have another follow-up blog post sometime this week as a part two to this blog post!