I’m amazed by the night sky.
Most clear nights I’m walking our dog with leash in one hand while I point the Starglobe app on my phone toward the heavens with my other hand so I can see each constellation, star and planet within view.
I’m surprised I haven’t broken an ankle yet.
These nightly excursions never fail to remind me of God’s majesty.
A glance to the north always features Polaris, the northern star, which quickly reminds me we exist on a spinning globe orbiting a life-sustaining sun at rapid speed.
As constellations change with the seasons and each month brings new phases of the moon, I am witnessing the rhythmic process designed by the imagination of imaginations. I’m reminded that no matter what change occurs, God is constant.
The planets and stars that rotate across the sky are as mysterious to me as they were when I was a kid. What purpose do they serve in God’s creation? Why did He place them there? I’m reminded of the mysteries of God Himself. There is no way for us to comprehend or fathom His greatness. That we are able to have a relationship with Him is a gift in itself.
After a dose of stargazing and the reminders of the vastness, the consistency and the mysteries of a God who also desires to be intimately close to His creation (including me personally), I’m given a good perspective on what is important and what isn’t. I’m given a good perspective on what is possible. I’m given a good perspective on who He made me to be. It’s a nightly calibration for the soul.
How long has it been since you’ve been amazed by God? If it’s been awhile, you might start with a walk on a clear night.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
“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. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” – Psalm 19:1-4
“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.” – Psalm 147:4