October 20, 2021
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortalsthat you care for them?
Last night, my daughter walked through the house, headed toward the back door, and went outside to sit underneath the light of the full moon. After I put the younger kids to bed, I went out back, sat down next to her, and enjoyed God’s creation. I didn’t stay super long, but we had a conversation, talked about the moon and other things as well. It was one of those moments where I thought of scripture and Psalm 8 seemed fitting (see above).
The scripture reminds us that God is creator and established the moon and the stars that we see on such clear evenings like we have had this week. Something about being out in creation can potentially connect us with God in a powerful and intimate way. I don’t know about you, but when I am out in creation, I am reminded how small I am in the grand scheme of things. Yes, I am loved by God. Yes, I am created in the image of God. Yet, I can still feel so tiny in the whole grand scheme of the ever-expanding universe. It’s like the verse essentially says, “Who am I that you are mindful of me?” Well, we are God’s creation and the God that created the universe knows us personally and desires for us to be in a cooperative relationship with God. How amazing!
This morning, I was driving my daughter to school before as the sun was rising and, off in the horizon, there that full moon still was just above the tree line to the West. There were small clouds covering pieces of the moon that made it extra special to see. Today, I hope you take comfort in knowing that the God that created the moon, stars, and the earth we live on, also created you. This God loves you and nothing in all of creation can separate you from that love (Romans 8:38-39).