Here in San Antonio, like any big city, it’s hard to really appreciate the stars at night. There are just too many lights, too much noise. But if you head for the Texas hill country, it won’t be long before the night sky comes alive. You look up, and all you see is stars. There are times when it looks as if God took a paint brush and with one giant stroke covered the entire sky in beautiful shimmering stars. Words cannot do it justice.
I need to do more star gazing. It helps me keep things in perspective and reminds me of some important truths.
1. It reminds me who I am and who God is.
It’s so easy for me to be self focused instead of God focused. It’s a daily struggle. Sometimes minute to minute. But the stars help me see the big picture. The stars help me forget myself and turn my eyes back on God. They remind me that it’s not about me.
Psalm 8 says,
“When I gaze to the skies and meditate on Your creation—
on the moon, stars, and all You have made, I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals—sons and daughters of men—specks of dust floating about the cosmos.”
2. It reminds me of God’s love.
If you’ve ever tried to count the stars then you realize how impossible that is. They are beyond measure. The stars remind me that the God who created the entire universe, including me, loves me. And He loves me with a love that is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep (Eph 3:18). He loves me so much that He made the ultimate sacrifice for me. It’s a love that I have a hard time understanding and I often take for granted.
3. It reminds me of God’s majesty and faithfulness.
Nehemiah 9 says,
“May Your glorious name be praised—even lifted up beyond all blessing and praise. You are the Eternal, the only One. The skies are Your work alone— You made the heavens above those skies and the stars that fill them. You made the earth and everything upon it, the seas and all that lives within their depths. Your creation lives and is sustained by You, and those who dwell in the heavens fall down before You and worship. You are the Eternal God…And you have done what you promised, for You are always true to Your word.”
Sometimes you have to open your eyes to really hear. The Bible says that the heavens silently shout to the entire world (Psalm 19). They declare His Glory. They declare that God is on His throne and that He is in control.
So what do you say? Let’s spend some more time outside under the stars. Let’s be overwhelmed by His beauty and astounded by His love for us.
And someday, sooner than we think we’ll see Jesus face to face… the Maker of the Stars.
For His Glory!