Sailor-Man and I are anchored at Thetis Island as I write this, grateful for the opportunity to enjoy the coastal waters once more. We weren’t sure we’d have another chance this year after our engine failure in August, but he figured out the issue and made the repairs.
One of the things I enjoy about a marine lifestyle is being immersed in an environment that declares God’s glory. Fish jump and seabirds sing. Seals splash nearby. Sometimes orca whales appear and swim a few hundred feet from our boat. And every evening gifts us with free passes to the most incredible dinner theatre—the sunset. What a display of God’s creative genius!
On this trip, we’ve ended each day by lying on our backs on the boat’s bow and gazing at the night sky. There are no city lights to compete with the heavenly lights, so it’s easy to spot shooting stars, satellites, the Milky Way, and various constellations.
My mind automatically recalls the psalmist’s words: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:3-6)
I suspect the psalmist may have penned his reflection while shepherding his father’s flocks. Can you hear the wonder in his words? Can you sense the awe stirring in his soul as he thought about Almighty God knowing his name and caring about his needs?
My friend, take a few moments to reflect on this life-changing truth:
The same God who crafted the heavens knows your name. He knows where you are this very moment. He knows what time you crawled from bed and how you felt when your feet hit the floor. He knows your fears for today, your worries for tomorrow, your wants, and your dreams. He knows your needs, and He longs for you to talk with Him about them.
Some days you might feel like a little star unnoticed in an endless universe populated by a gazillion trillion other stars. Why would this God ever notice you or care about your needs? Truth is, He made you in His image and designed you for His glory. You are His display of creative genius and the object of His never-failing love.
Step outside tonight and gaze at the heavens or google keywords like “view night sky.” Recite the psalmist’s words aloud as I’ve done the past two nights, and spend a few moments in worship. You may even want to watch Lou Giglio’s presentation about the wonders of the universe and then thank its Creator God for holding you in the palm of His hand. Let the wonder of the psalmist’s words become yours.
Have a great day, and know you are loved.
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