Lent: Day Eighteen

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
-Psalm 19:1

I enjoy thinking about creation. It is an amazing feeling to be walking outside on a clear night and seeing stars and constellations stretch from horizon to horizon. Living where I live in rural Winnebago County the sky is truly brilliant at night.

Personally, I love looking at the Big Dipper and using that constellation to find the North Star. The Big Dipper rotates around the North Star in a clockwise fashion as the night progresses, but the North Star always appears to be in the same place. Sometimes, I think it would be fun to use my survival navigation skills and find my way out of a totally unfamiliar place using the sky. Hopefully it’s not cloudy when I try this.

I’m especially fond of the winter sky because not only do I get to see the Big Dipper and North Star, which are always present in the northern hemisphere, but we also get to see Orion, the constellation we share with the southern hemisphere.

Our Creator is an artist and he has beautifully and precisely organized the stars and planets to make his creation work. What would happen if the earth was 1% closer to the sun? What if it was 1% further away? How about if we didn’t have a moon?

Isaiah 40:26, “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your creation. Praise and honor to you our all-powerful Creator. Your handiwork is both beautiful for us to enjoy, and a full display of your power and might. Open the eyes of those who do not know you so that they may witness your presence and be drawn to you. Let your creation be a constant reminder to your followers of your sovereignty when trials and tribulations come. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.