When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
Psalm 8.3 - 4
Have you ever just stopped on a clear night and looked up into the night sky? I remember one time when I was about 17 and I was away with a school trip in youth hostel somewhere in Yorkshire I think. Me and a friend were there as “helpers” on the school trip for younger members of the school and one evening we had an evening off duty, so we decided to go for a walk.
It was absolutely breath-taking. Being a southerner I am used to a fairly polluted night sky, but up there in the hills of Yorkshire in the middle of nowhere there was little light pollution. And the view was incredible. I am sure that that night was part of the reason I became fascinated with space. It was also on that night that I realised the immenseness of God.
Not only had he flung the stars and planets into space, casting into creation an entire universe that was alive and majestic, but he had also made me! Looking up into the vastness of the night sky that night I realised that God was indeed wonderful because if he created all of this and yet still took time to make me, then he is truly awesome and worth of praise.
So tonight, or the next clear night you have, take some time to just look and remember that the God who made all you see also made you.
Allow yourself to wonder at the intricacy of the world God has created and give thank for his care of you.
Make something to give to someone to show you care for them, just as God made the heavens for you.