The Stars

Laying in the back of an old pick-up truck bouncing along, I stared up at the expansive night sky and the tops of trees rushing past. The stars glittered just as the tear in my eye did as it slipped out — pulling with it whatever bit of “macho” a 14 year old boy could have.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they [mankind] are without excuse.
Romans 1:20 ESV

That night I realized, at least to a certain extent, how great our creator is. Millions of stars made this dome that seemed to impress upon that child mind of mine how eternal and divine God is, and even simply the fact that God is.  There, huddled in my sleeping bag on top of the mattress I was overwhelmed. Not only at how real and big God is but how jealous he is for his people. So big and so close. Forgive my human analogies that break down, but to me, that night, those very attributes seemed to have been in the stars, so big and expansive and unimaginable, yet so close and real, appearing every night for whoever looks up and always there. Dad sat in the cab driving us along to Eugene as I shivered, not because of the cold night air.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:8 ESV

Now in retrospect I wish I had a journal to have written about my experience. So easily do I forget about the stars.

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2 Responses to The Stars

  1. Justin says:

    WOW Nathan, I never knew that about you. Your right, all these great things in life just pass by. The things we learn from life are too often forgotten. It’s good that you’ve written them down. That’s one of the only ways to remember.
    It is an awesome irony that God is the creator of the whole universe -all the stars and spinning galaxies of beauty- and yet he cares about every human on this earth. He cares about his children.
    The stars have always impressed me. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. That is Psalms 19:1. Sometimes when we lived in Israel, I would climb up the metal bars protecting the window and slide onto the flat roof of our house. I would always go back to bed thinking about how spectacular our creator is.

  2. lala says:

    joy,joy,joy..great post(o:
    the stars are my favorite of God’s creation, for the exact reason that you expressed. how great is the handiwork of Jehovah!

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