God's Most Precious Creation
Posted: Friday, July 10
1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14
Verse of the day:
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God. (Psalm 8:3-5)
If you’ve looked up at the sky the past few weeks, you probably noticed that there’s been some rather bright stars out. Silly rabbit, those aren’t stars! That’s Venus and Jupiter! These two planets have been gradually approaching each other for the past few weeks, creeping toward their closest point from our perspective: 1/3° apart. On Earth, it looks as if they are so close together that they appear to be a "double star." In reality, they will be around 416 million miles apart in space! To put that in perspective, the Earth is 24,901 miles around. Check out these images of the two planets that are visible around the world.
Space is amazing! It’s mind boggling to fathom the vastness and complexity or the universe. Movies like Gravity, Interstellar, Wall E, Star Wars, and even Star Trek all gives us insight into what space is like, but are just a drop in the bucket to beauty and intricacy of it all. As a kid, and as an adult, I loved looking up at the sky in the middle of the nowhere and just gasping at the splendor.
I more recently have been reflecting on how God knows and eagerly loves every single person that has ever lived, is currently living, and is yet to be born. That’s a ton of people! As David is writing today’s Psalm, he also stands amazed that even with all of the stars, planets, moons, and yet to be discovered segments of space, God loves and desires a relationship with each and every one of us. Every person you pass in the mall. Every person you drive by on your way to work. Every individual in your family. He loves each and every one of them - more than the moon, more than the stars, even more than the planet we walk and live on. In the whole scheme of the universe, what are humans but pesky, pathetic creatures that are constantly screwing things up. Yet, God cares deeply for us. It’s truly amazing! As you live out your day, take some time to appreciate the majesty of the cosmos and remember the truth that you are his most precious creation.