Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Stars

Last night was a crystal clear night and being away from New Jersey, I was able to see a dark sky dotted with a multitude of stars.  Many take those stars for granted, but when you live in an area when they are generally choked out by smog or light pollution you learn to appreciate their beauty.

Those stars are a testimony of the greatness of God.  We see just how small we are compared to the vastness of Creation.  As amazing and beautiful are the things God created on earth, the are but a small part of the entirety of His glorious works. 

When looking at the stars, I was also reminded of God's presence in our lives and how the stars are a picture of that presence.  Think about it, sometimes there are storms in our lives where we can not see God in it as clearly as we may at other times.  Sometimes we can not see God at all.  But we know and take it in faith that just like those stars hiding behind those clouds, God is still there.  We need to hold onto that knowledge through those times and soon that God is there and will be revealed.  Sometimes we do not see Him until the end, sometimes we get glimpses of Him as the storm passes, but He is always there.

In New Jersey, you generally do not get much view of the stars.  There is too much light pollution competing with the light from the stars to see them clearly.  There is also smog that blocks the view as well.  In places like New Jersey, we have obscured our own view of the stars.  How true is this in our spiritual lives as well.  The more things we fill our lives with that compete with God, the less of His presence do we feel.  Eventually, we can have so much pollution that we can not see God at all.  Just like those stars, God is still just as there as He always was, the only problem is that we obscured our own view of Him.  We have to step away from all that pollution in our lives and we will see God ever so clearly once again.

Sometimes we do not see the stars because we do not care to look.  We are too busy looking at where we are going or where we have been to ever stop and look at where we are.  We have our plans, our ideas, our priorities, our cares, and our concerns, and we get so caught up in things that we never just stop and look up.  God is there and even visible, we just never look.  In ancient times before Google maps and GPS, navigators used the stars to guide where they were going.  Like them, we need to look to the Heavens to God and get His direction for our lives.

The stars are also humbling.  We have such a feeling of significance as humans and much of that is that God has made us significant.  We need to remember, though, that our significance is premised on our relationship to God and not premised on the fact that we are human.  The stars are a good reminder of just how small we are.  We see just how large and vast space is and realize that we are merely a very small part of a very small dot of all that God has made.  Just like how small we are compared to the vastness of space, we must realize that our Creator is even larger than that.  We are but a small part on a tiny dot in a small part of the entirety of the power of God. 

What is amazing, though, is that despite how small and insignificance we are in and of ourselves, God chose here to create us and chose us to be His people.  God could have began life on any other planet at any other time and He could have given up on us at any time and left us to our own insignificance or even just annihilate us, but God chose to invest the Blood of His Son in us.  God loves us that much.  When you realize how small we are and how big God is, that is such an awesome and wonderful thing to see. 

Remember just like those stars, God is always there. He will never leave us or forsake us and during those times we can not see him, we need to check and see if we are not obscuring our own view.  And if we are we need to purge that pollution from our lives.  Either way, we need  to know that He is always there.  Last night was a beautiful night, there was no pollution and not a cloud in the sky.  I was able to see the stars so bright and clear.  I think of days like that in my spiritual life, when I am able to step away from all the pollution and junk that seems to clutter my life at times and see God so clearly that I can not help but to just stop and worship as I behold the awesome glory of God.  God bless you all.
To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. OLORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!   Psalm 8 NKJV

1 comment:

  1. The more things we fill our lives with that compete with God, the less of His presence do we feel. Eventually, we can have so much pollution that we can not see God at all.

    Well said!

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