Monday, September 18, 2023

Starry Night, or Morning, Rather

The other morning I was walking our dog, Ellie, before sunrise.*  As I glanced upward, I was surprised by the perfectly clear sky.  The moon, an orange sliver of a crescent, was just beginning to smile at us through the trees.  

I marveled at the beauty of the stars in the eastern sky and of Venus, shining like a diamond.  I counted seventeen stars that were visible to me.  I know by education and experience that what I saw was just a tiny, tiny fraction of the stars actually in the sky.  

Several years ago when we traveled to Arkansas to visit our friend, Jay, we saw the most beautiful display of stars I have ever seen in my life. (You can read about that trip here.)  The sky was so full it almost looked textural, like a knitted cap.

As Ellie sniffed around, I contemplated the magnitude of the creation in which our Lord has placed us.  Every time man thinks he has come to the "edge of the universe" some advanced telescope shows us there is so much more the be discovered and explored. It was then the thought came to me.  If our Lord's creation is so incredibly beautiful and vast, how much more so must He be! There is no end to His love, no limit to His grace, no expiration on His goodness, because He Himself is limitless.  

The Scriptures tell us this is true.

"Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite." Psalm 147:5

"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding."  Isaiah 40:28

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."  Isaiah 55:8,9

"But who is able to build Him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? " 2 Chronicles 2:6

"Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all." 1 Chronicles 29:11

The next time we think we know all there is to know about God, first, let us fall to our knees and ask forgiveness for our pride and audacity.  Then let us remind ourselves we will forever be learning more and more about our blessed Lord.  There will be no end to the glorious discoveries as there is no end to Him. 

Shoreless Ocean, who can sound Thee?
Thine own eternity is round Thee,
Majesty divine!
(Frederick W. Faber)

*It has been so hot along the Gulf Coast recently, that we must get up very early to walk so that we don't overheat Ellie, or ourselves!

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