DayBreaks for 9/16/19: Two Appropriate Thoughts
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2009:
My wife and I live outside of the glare of city lights, about 5 miles from the closest town. We feel very blessed with the peace and quiet of this place. On occasion on warm summer nights, I go out onto the deck and just stare up at the skies. You can see far more stars here than in town. It is possible to see the milky scatter that is called the Milky Way as it stretches across the sky.
Just the other night as I lay there gazing up, I was struck by several thoughts. I am always totally amazed at the vast distances involved in the universe. I thought about the deep, absolute cold of outer space. I thought about the huge amounts of nothingness that presents itself through the absence of any sign of light. And, I thought about the incredible fact that some of the “stars” I perceived as a single point of light are really extremely distant galaxies that are composed of billions (some say as many as 350,000,000,000) of stars. What appears tiny may indeed be exceedingly massive.
I also always find myself repeating David’s question as I stare into this vastness: What is man that Thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that Thou visitest him? And I ask myself: Why, God, do You think of and take notice of ME?
God, of course, didn’t have to make the universe so vast. In fact, He didn’t have to make it large at all. He could have been content with just creating a nice little cozy solar system for us to live in. That would have been impressive enough! We don’t even understand all that happens on our planet, let alone in our solar system. They mysteries and wonder are deep, indeed.
Once again, Francis Chan found himself wondering about the same thing. “Why would God create more than 350,000,000,000 galaxies (and this is a conservative estimate) that generations of people never saw or even knew existed? Do you think maybe it was to make us say, ‘Wow, God is unfathomably big? Or perhaps God wanted us to see these pictures so that our response would be, ‘Who do I think I am?’”
The Bible tells us that God is unfathomably big and powerful. And it amazingly tells us that He does in fact notice and care about us as individuals, that we matter GREATLY to Him – each and every one of us. Perhaps, as Chan suggests, the most important feeling that the universe should stir in us is to put us in our place when we are thinking too highly of ourselves.
Space should make us feel small, for we are infinitesimally small in comparison to the universe. Our God holds all that exists in the palm of His hand. We need to be reminded of that when we’re too puffed up and feeling hoity-toity. If the universe makes us feel small, when we compare ourselves (our wisdom, goodness, knowledge, capabilities, etc.) to God, may we all be led to view the skies with wonder and ask, “Who do I think I am?”
PRAYER: For the wonder of your creation, we thank you. For the way you feel about us and love us, we adore you. When we start to get too big for our shoes, keep us humble before You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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