Do you star gaze? It’s hard to do it in a city like Las Vegas, but growing up in the mountains of northern California, far from the brilliant shine of a metropolis, I would spend hours at night doing little else but stare at the dancing lights above. I’ve had a certain affinity for stars most of my life, and the times that they are mentioned in the bible have always stood out to me. Especially verses like Psalm 19:1 “To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” When looking up at a canopy of twinkling lights, it becomes easy to realize how small you are in the universe, and how powerful God is.
Sometimes, it’s mind boggling to me that people can look up at the stars and not believe in God. At the same time, it’s equalling astounding that a Being capable of creating the universe itself cares about me personally. Perhaps it’s written best in Psalms 8:3-4 when David says: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” The bible says that God knows each of the stars by name, but He also knows the number of hairs on each of our heads! I know by experience that the more you know about something, generally the more you care about it; and the more you care about something, the more you are willing to give up for it.
This year, a special event in the cosmos occurred. A rare eclipse that covered the continent, one of its like that hadn’t been seen in nearly half a century. Being an astronomy enthusiast, and wanting to see an eclipse my entire life, I left for Oregon—nearly a thousand mile trip one way. The experience was amazing, and the perspective it gave even more so. If you read the bible, you’ll see that it took only four days before God created the stars in an almost effortless manor. This big, amazing, inconceivable thing that we call the universe was constructed in less time than a business week. Conversely, it took most of human history, at the cost of God’s own Son, to redeem mankind.
When I recall witnessing the eclipse, I can’t help but think about the wisemen that traveled all the way to Bethlehem because of what they saw in the sky. These men risked their lives to cross hundreds of miles in order to worship Jesus and present costly gifts. While I can’t compare that to my trip just to look at a large ball of molten plasma be obscured by what amounts to be a big rock, I considered it all worth it. In contrast, God traveled from Heaven itself in order to make a way for us to have a relationship with Him in His wondrous home above; and what’s amazing is that He must have thought it was worth it too. It didn’t cost God anything to make Heaven, but it cost God more than any of us can comprehend so that we could be there with Him.