The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge… May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:1-2,14).
New pictures from the Hubble telescope are truly astounding. One reveals a nebula that looks like a colorful butterfly. What is also mind boggling is that the pictures are of objects as they were eons ago. The light is just reaching us.
Some mornings when I am walking to work the stars are out in full glory. It’s quiet, cold and crisp. It’s a good time to reflect and pray. There is just something about the vastness of space that makes me think of God. I suppose it is because He Himself is so incomprehensible that trying to wrap my mind around Him is like trying to define the universe. If God’s created universe is so big and beautiful, imagine what He must be like. He is outside of space and time.
The apostle Paul had an experience where he was “caught up to the third heaven” (II Corinthians 12:2-4). He explains it as a sensory experience which could not be described. Back on terra firma though, Paul had to live with his “thorn in the flesh”, battles with Satan, severe trials and weakness (II Corinthians 12:7-10).
Before His death Jesus told His disciples that He was leaving them and that they couldn’t follow at that time, but one day they would . He was heading to Paradise, but they had to live here for now. In the meantime, He commanded them to love each other. They were going to have to remember this in the time ahead because they would fail Him and each other (John 13:33-38).
How do we keep going in this rough and tumble world? Keep looking up!