Three things the stars teach me
I have always loved the night sky. Both the scientist and the Christian in me get great comfort from gazing upward. Even though I studied space science, and taught it for many years, my mind just cannot wrap around the vastness of the universe, and the complexities of the stars. I never cease to be awestruck by the wonders of the the night sky; the sizes, colors, and ages of the stars, the supernovas, nebulas, the galaxies upon galaxies of stars. Fascinating to me, but that is not what really pulls me to look up most every clear night.
What started within me as curiosity, became something else. Whenever I look up at the night sky, always, without fail, I feel an inexplicable tug, like being pulled into an ocean by strong waves. Those stars pull me closer to God. I sense His presence. The glory of heaven shines through each little pin prick of light dotting the darkness. And I feel that glory when I look up. I feel wonder and amazement at our Creator. I feel small, when I gaze up at the heavens, and any issues or problems that have been ruminating within me, seem small also, and begin to float away, when I stop even for the briefest of moments and look up at the night sky. It never ever fails me, that wonderful glorious moment of solitude and feeling as if I am in the presence of the Almighty God. And in that moment, nothing matters but praising Him.
Lesson ONE: PRAISE God, and praise Him often
Praise the Lord...praise Him sun and moon, praise Him all stars of light! Psalms 148: 1-4
Only those that seek God, will find Him and KNOW Him.
But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deut 4: 29
" Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars"
And underneath that she wrote,
"Remember in our trials when all seems dark, look UP to God."
I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence shall my help come from. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2
So on the next clear night, look up. I hope you feel His presence as I do when I see that wondrous site, and that it instills a deeper desire to know Him and praise Him.
P.S. I told you NOT to get me started on the stars!!