August 12th was the peak for the Perseid Meteor Shower in North America. For you night-owls, or early morning risers, you were privileged to observe some awe-inspiring sights as the streaking lights played across the sky. These lights were actually tiny debris remnants of the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet burning up in our atmosphere as the earth orbited into the comet's wake. Each streaking light is merely the size of a grain of sand, yet it makes that bright light we call a "shooting star". As I stared up into the sky and watched the display of lights on that moonless night, I couldn't help but think of verses in the Bible about stars. I was reminded of how magnificent our God is, how awesome He is, and the privilege to observe the wonders of His creation.
Isaiah 40:26 says: "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.
And then, in Psalm 147:4 "He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names."
God can count the stars, he has named them each one by one!
What a joy to be in the moonless night, hearing the crickets and cicadas, allowing my eyes to adjust to the darkness and with each passing minute, to see more and more of those named stars. I was also reminded how each of us is to shine like the stars as a testimony to the world (Philippians 2:15b).
When was the last time YOU gazed at the stars? No smartphone in your hand, no lights on, and maybe not even any conversation with those near you--just lay there and look up to the Heavens...and be in awe of the One who created all of them. Then, realize, we have the privilege to care for His creation and to shine the light of Jesus in all we do!