“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 display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.”
I was very fortunate in having grown up where it was possible to see the stars at night. In later and more adult years there have also been similar occasions. Away from the lights of the city and its suburbs I have looked up in silent wonder, rendered speechless by their glory and splendour. They silently invite awestruck contemplation of the majesty and beauty of their Creator. And the more we have come to know of the vastness and composition of it all the greater and more wonderful He has become.
For example, there is one star, not the largest, which is approximately 100 000 times greater in diameter than the earth That means that if the sun were placed at its centre not only would the earth revolve around the sun within the circumference of the star but so would all the other planets almost as far out as Saturn!
Living in a city today has a number of advantages. However, one of the great losses is that it is almost impossible to see the starry host at night. As I look out I can almost count the number of stars that are easily visible on my fingers and toes! The other side of this is that throughout the day most of the things that we see are manmade and, often well-deserved, marks of his cleverness and progress. However they do not make us pause and honour God. Without necessarily becoming idols they can very easily become more a part of our daily conscious and sub-conscious world of influence than the works of God that are now further away.
Take whatever moments you can to look upon something God has created and marvel.
A flower, a bird, a cloud, a sunset – all tell us something
Help me Lord not to lose sight of Your creation – and to marvel at it and treasure it as it tells me something more about You. Amen.