The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been fascinated by the heavens. I remember spending countless hours sitting in the middle of the floor, with those green and beige encyclopedias that most people had in their home. I would read over and over again about our solar system. I was in awe of the planets, the sun, and the moon. I couldn’t get enough of the amazing mind blowing facts surrounding these celestial bodies. The enormous sizes and the unimaginable distances and speeds were so hard to comprehend, and they still are. To think as I type this, our planet Earth is traveling through space around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour is beyond me! When I was 9, my parents saw my love for astronomy and even purchased a telescope for me! I was really excited. I was also 9 years old when I gave my life to Jesus Christ that was quite a year for me!
Fast forward to today, and I still have the same excitement and fascination for the heavens that I had back then. I still keep up with things that are going on out there in space. The difference is that since I’ve grown older, I now realize the reason I love these things so much. It’s because at the center of it all, is the God who created it all for my enjoyment. He crafted and designed the marvelous things in the universe to reveal to me his glory, as it says in Psalm 19:1. The beauty I see in creation, is only the beginning of the beauty that is within our God, the true Artist behind it all. He used a vast space of nothing, to show us something amazing about who he is.
On August 21, 2017, most of us witnessed an amazing heavenly show, The Solar Eclipse of 2017. I watched via live stream, and wow how beautiful it was! Earth, Moon, and Sun all in perfect alignment. As the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about this event, he reminded me about the perfect alignment of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the three who are one. During the moments of totality, all went dark and then all of a sudden the sun’s corona and chromosphere broke through displaying a beautiful light for all to see. I was reminded of John 1:5 where Jesus says, “His light shines in the darkness”. I thought to myself, during times of darkness, I can see God’s light the best. No matter whether it’s dark or light, his light is always there, it’s just a matter of taking the time to see it.
When we heard about the coming of the eclipse, we prepared in many ways so that we could make sure we see it. Some people traveled to another location to see a better view of it. Some people went from store to store to find and purchase the solar eclipse glasses, so they could venture outside to view the eclipse. The same way we had to take time and prepare for the eclipse, we must take time to put on our spiritual glasses to see the Lord and his perspective. When we do, things begin to look very different in our lives and the world we live in. Nothing is quite the same when you are looking through the lens of God’s eyes. He faithfully holds the universe in place by his power every single day. The universe has a perfect design from a perfect God, and that same God has a perfect design for the life of every person who is willing to submit to his plan. He designed you. He knows you inside and out. He knows your personality, your frustrations and disappointments, your strengths and weakness, your gifts and talents, your successes and failures, and he knows your hearts desires.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “He can do more than I can ask of imagine according to his power that is at work within me”. It doesn’t even take a grand event like an eclipse to see God at work. We can see him in the daily things that mean so much, like having a safe drive to work every day or being able to care for yourself and those you love. The good news is, that when it rains and it’s cloudy and we can’t see the sun or the moon, we know they are still there. When it rains in our lives and the view is cloudy, God is still there. However, we must put on our spiritual glasses so we can see his light shining in the darkness.
One Sunday I was in church, and God spoke to my heart and said look up and see my light and feel my love. When you are in doubt about who God is, or in doubt about his goodness in your life or the world around you, look up! When you wonder if he loves you, look up! When you wonder if he is aware of your problems, look up! When you wonder if he is in control, look up! When you wonder if he knows people are mistreating you, look up! When you wonder if he knows you need more money just to make it and pay your bills, look up! When you are sick in your body, look up! When you are mourning the loss of a loved one, look up! When things are going great, remember he is greater and still look up! Whatever you are going through, look up!
When we look up and see God’s majesty and power through his creation, we are reminded of who he is. The heavens do indeed declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the works of hands. He is always faithful. He is always true. So look up!
How we adore you! How amazing, and mind blowing, and miraculous you are! There is no way we cannot praise you when we look up and see your glory manifested through your creation. Your word says that even the heavens declare your glory, and they absolutely do. Thank you that the same way you bring order and beauty to the universe, you bring order and beauty to our lives. Please help us to look up and see your light wherever we are in life. We give you all the praise, thank you for all you do for us every day! In the name of Jesus. Amen.