Standing in awe…

I love to sit on my balcony on a clear night – even a cold, clear night like tonight – and stare into the rich darkness, capturing the sparkle of stars that dot the great expanse. I find myself mesmerized by the simple, yet majestic beauty that lays before me. It inspires a sense of wonder and worship in my heart.

I often contemplate in my mind the vastness of what I am looking at – beyond the reach of our little planet’s atmosphere is a universe of incomprehensible size. When I allow myself to consider the size, my mind seems to shut down from overload; it is too great for me to imagine. When I was younger I used to try to figure out if there is an “end” to the universe, what is after that? How big is space? And what does nothing look like? Yes, I know – strange questions. But even before I knew the Lord personally, I was intrigued by Him and by creation itself. How was it all made; how was it all possible?

As a believer, the sky holds even deeper significance to me. For me, it is the best picture of the greatness of God, the power of God, the infinite wisdom and creativity of God. Whether I am shivering on my balcony on a cold winter night, or standing in awe of a gorgeous sunset, I am taken by the beauty of the sky. It is for me, a catalyst for worship, for standing in the presence of this God who is greater than anything I can ever fully take in.

Last night, I was reading in Ephesians 1 and was arrested by verse 4, and specifically these three words: “He chose us”. Before He founded the world, before He flung even one star into the sky, He chose us. And at that moment, it struck me – He chose me. It’s not as if I didn’t know this; I can’t count the number of times I have read this particular passage. Intellectually, I can say, “Okay, I get it”. But do I really get it? As those words began ringing in my heart, I felt that same breathtaking awe I feel when I see a beautiful sunset or gaze into that star-studded canopy that covers us. This great, powerful, infinitely wise God, creator of all, chose me and purposed to save me and restore me. What love is this…

What is it for you? What takes your breath away and causes you to stand in awe of the greatness – and nearness – of our God? I pray you take time to take a deep breath tonight and see His wonder…

More later…grace and peace…

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