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.