Thursday, July 1, 2010

There is beauty to behold

As I was walking Daisy tonight, I spent time just laying my head back and gazing up into the sky. Before me was a scene of beauty and wonder. Stars amaze me by their beauty. They look so very small to the naked eye, but they are larger than life. Each single star is a beauty in itself, but all joined together make a constellation of magnificence. And all of those constellations are part of a bigger galaxy, so big our minds cannot fathom the magnitude it holds.
I have been gazing at stars since I was a little girl. And I have been picking out constellations every since that very first science class. How we can we not look to the night sky and know that there is a Creator? A God who designed and placed each star in the perfect position. If God took so much care in how He created this world, how much more time and love did He place in to creating us?

Just as each star in the night brings beauty, we too, bring beauty to the God who created us. After all we are made in His image. Let that settle in for a bit. That is really something to ponder on, isn't it? Not just on the outside, but deep within us, God placed His hand upon us and gave breathe to our lives.

As each star is connected in some way to make a larger than life picture, we too are connected and shine before this world to bring glory and honor to God. As the stars shine within the night, we shine within the light. In fact we are a reflection of the light. I find it interesting that the speed of light travels faster than the speed of sound. As we sit and watch fireworks, we know we see the light before we hear the boom. In our actions, are others seeing the light first or are they hearing our boom first? Our actions reflect our relationship with Christ. If we are close to Christ and walking with Him, His light is going to be shining before us and others will see a crystal clear vision of Him. As His light shines through us, others will not only see Him, but hear Him in our lives. Through our speech, our attitudes, and simply in our daily struggles.

Light travels at about 670,619,880 miles per hour in space, and sound? Well, it travels through air at about 770 miles per hour, but it's speed depends on what it is traveling through. So, light travels at the same speed no matter what it is passing through. I can take this as God can shine through anything, any circumstance, any situation, good or bad, His light shines through for others to see Him clearly. There is nothing faster than light. God is light and He can be everywhere at every time. He is omnipresent. He is omniscient. He is all knowing. He is omnipotent. He is all powerful.

We look to the night sky in awe and wonder. We see a baby born and know that something powerful has taken place. God's creation is everywhere. Everywhere we look we can see Him clearly, if we will only open our eyes to all the possibilities before us. It is fascinating to look at the stars and moon. The moon is shining, because of the reflection of light from the sun. Everything is a reflection of the Son. There is nothing He has not made. There is nothing that is impossible. Through the biggest of mountains to tiniest of flowers, He created them all. He put so much love into all He created, but more so into you and I. He loves us so much, He gave everything so that we could have life and enjoy His creation before us.

No big bang happened. Nothing evolved from nothing. God created the world, and all the beauty within it, with hands that hold scars to show just how much He was willing to give for His children.

This fourth of July when we are sitting in our lawn chairs, with our heads tilted back, may we look into the night sky at the beauty before us and see the freedom in the Light. May we think upon how our light shines before others. May all our travels reflect right back to God no matter what we are passing through.
Genesis 1:14-19 "Then God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for sings and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on earth; and it was so. Then god made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmaments of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day."
Psalm 139:13-14 "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well."
Genesis 1:26a "Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness."

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