4/22/2016, 4:00am – I exit my back door of my home ready for an hour and a half commute to downtown Dallas. The backyard is vastly lit for that time of the morning with the glow of the full moon.
This gives me pause and I look up at the sky which is littered with stars. Usually a full moon makes for poor stargazing because it pollutes the starfield with light. But oddly this morning I could see them clearly. The moon was brilliantly lighting the landscape, yet somehow I could still see the constellation Scorpio crawling across the ecliptic plane on his way to the Western horizon. Hovering slightly above him was the planet Mars shining it’s red hue more brightly than I’ve ever seen it.
My first thought… “Man, I wish I could take a picture and actually capture that”. Knowing full well that, if I pulled out my phone and snapped a shot it would show the Moon as a small white dot on a black background and Scorpio and Mars would not even show up.
My second thought… “Thank you God for letting me see what my phone can’t”.
I think about all the things I fill my life with to make me happy. The mundane tedious job of tapping out source code to make our little devices capture our attention. All the studying that simply allowed a university to print a piece of paper with my name on it. All the money I have to obtain to keep me in a comfortable home that’s too big for me. All these things seem so important to us at the time. Yet when we return to the dust, all that important stuff will be forgotten as it is divied out to those left behind… but the Moon will still be on his established path, shining at 4:00am and those who take time to look up may chance to see a whole other planet still chasing him in the distance.
It’s just one of the ways God is calling, reminding us of his eternal power and glory. Reminding us of his eternal love and joy. Reminding us that there is a beautiful eternity out there. Reminding us that He’s blessed us with eyes which surpass even the best lens man can make. Reminding us there is something greater than our menial trials here. Reminding us that, if He cared enough to fill the vastness of space with millions of star systems and planets, imagine how much He must care for us. We, who seem so insignificant in the grand scheme of the cosmos, but yet were able to find a place in the creator’s heart… and were significant enough for Him to sacrifice His son for.
It is then I realize those beautiful things that I can see up there, that my camera can’t, were possibly put there for my benefit. So that I might stop, even for just a minute, and look up. Not just to the stars, but to the one who place them there. To my God and know He is magnificently glorified… and that He loves me.
O Lord, our Lord, how magnificent is your reputation throughout the earth!
You reveal your majesty in the heavens above!
From the mouths of children and nursing babies
you have ordained praise on account of your adversaries,
so that you might put an end to the vindictive enemy.
When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,
and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place,
Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them?
Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them,
and make them a little less than the heavenly beings?
You grant mankind honor and majesty;
you appoint them to rule over your creation;
you have placed everything under their authority,
including all the sheep and cattle,
as well as the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea
and everything that moves through the currents of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
how magnificent is your reputation throughout the earth!
(Psalms 8:1-9 NET_FL)