Ellie gasped as we got out of the car. “Mama, LOOK! The stars are so beautiful!”
Her obvious awe halted all my busy thoughts and forced my eyes skyward. She was right. They were stunning.
When you live this close to Manhattan, light pollution is a part of life, but once in a while we get a black, black night. This was one of those, and the display took my breath away. Nothing fancy happened. No shooting colors or fireworks displays. Just crystal clear constellations piercing the inky heavens.
We stood there silent for moment, then, like the two giddy girls we are, simultaneously burst into excited praise to God.
“How cool is that?! God made all of these just for US! Do you see that one over there? He is SO AMAZING!!”
Blase is so overrated. It’s human nature to become bored with the familiar, but if we view God as familiar or common, then we’re not really seeing Him at all. It’s like that favorite discourse in Chronicles of Narnia. Lucy asks if Aslan is safe and she is told that he’s not, but he’s good. That’s God. He’s not safe, but He’s good. He’s not distant, but He’s never overly familiar. And He is never common.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord,
or what man shows him his counsel?
Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
To whom then will you liken God,
or what likeness compare with him?
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.
~ Isaiah 40:12–15, 18, 26
Seriously! To whom shall we compare Him? There is none worthy … none even close! And those brilliant, breath-taking stars? He set them all in place, named each and ensures that not one is missing. Why? Because He delights in you and me.
Let us not dare to hold back our praise. He is due it all.
Your Turn: What has God done lately to knock your socks off? What about His character never ceases to amaze you?