A couple of days ago my wife and I were driving home from a trip to Tulsa. It was dark, and where we some 30 miles still from our home, and in the southeastern sky I saw a large shooting star/ meteor racing across the sky. The heavenly mass was enormous, and the green trail it created as it burned up was the most brilliant green I have ever seen. It was a breathtaking moment.
It was that shooting star event that prompted me to notice the stars in the sky. It was a clear night, and rural Oklahoma provides an amazing opportunity to be enamored by the heavens. My oldest and I like to look up at the sky at night. She talks to the moon, and while she is dazzled by the moon I thank God that his handiwork has captured humanity’s attention for centuries. In those moments when my little one looks for the moon’s light, I share the Psalmist’s sentiments, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3-4). It is easy to stand outside and gaze at the sky and feel little and insignificant, but God wants us to peer upon what He has made and be dazzled at His work. He is a big God, with a big love, and wants us to experience that big love through his Son Jesus Christ. Those same hands that hung the stars are the same hands that welcome his children into his embrace. If God can create the universe, do you think He can’t handle our problems? The cure for a feeling of insignificance is a healthy dose of appreciation and thanksgiving for what God has done.