At Jekyll Island, Georgia on a cool April evening, I walked outside my hotel room after doing some work. Fortunately the hotel was about 100 yards from the beach and a lighted wooden walkway marked the way. Nearing the half-way point to the beach, the tree covering gave way and the emmense vastness of the starlit sky came into full view.
The pounding of the waves and the eerie quiet of the sky in utter blackness was a stark contrast to my busy well-lit hotel room….and my entire day for that matter.
As my eyes conditioned to the dark sky, I began to see more and more stars. Using my iPad stars application I re-discovered constellations I had forgotten about since 8th grade science class.
The Lord seemed really big to me at that moment. The regular crashing of the surf seemed like a God’s clock counting time…the darkness and vastness of the ocean and sky reminded me of how small I am compared to God – it reminded me of my need for Him….I was drawn to the vastness of God at that moment….a vastness that I cannot even fathom.
Is God big to you? Is He more than capable to protect, provide and care for you and your life? In your life is He sovereign (ala the “supreme authority”) or do you (and I) need to give Him a hand by worrying, fretting and trying to control things? Does your faith match your impression of how big God is? Today, let’s pray for faith to see God as He truly is and to trust His sovereign will above all. Will you do that?
Entering the Vastness
Drawn toward a sound I knew
Where light once brightly shone.
Darkness pierced by dots of light
Peering forth from heaven’s throne.
Mars and Saturn face me now
From depths does Scorpius stand.
Libra weighs the space between
As viewed on planks above the sand.
Drawn to vastness not fully known
Pulled from what I knew;
Drawn to God and Him alone.
Lured by Him my soul renew.
Majesty pours from Heaven above
Glory gushes forth.
Time marked hard by roaring waves.
His presence now my sole true north.
Cassiopeia skates across the horizon,
Gemini’s toes wash in spray.
Orion and Venus now awake,
And God’s great majesty on display.
Jeremiah 10:12-13 (NIV)
12 But God made the earth by his power;
he founded the world by his wisdom
and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
13 When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;
he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.