Encouragement From The Word

The meteor shower was great, but not God’s best work

 Did you see the Perseid meteor shower last night?  Apparently, it peaked after we had gone to bed, but we sat outside with our neighbours and cranked our heads skyward.  I guess the bugs must have been watching, too, as none of us sustained any mosquito damage!

 What we saw was more like a few drips than a shower; the peak time, we later found out, was revised to sometime in the middle of the night (eastern time).  Hopefully, those who waited up were rewarded.

 Thankfully, it was a clear night, and we saw more stars than we could count (as well as a few satellites and several airplanes that were hindering our view).  Being able to see this tiny slice of the universe never ceases to remind me of both how insignificant and how significant I am.

 What?  You ask…

 Here’s the deal:  God is the Creator of the universe.  He made the whole thing – he flung the stars into space!  And the galaxies are numerous – more numerous, I’m sure, than science has yet found.  God made them all, and he rules over them all.  That’s a pretty big deal.

 But along with that, we believe that God made the earth as part of his creation of the universe.  And he made humanity as his crowning achievement:  we are the pinnacle of God’s creative effort.  Isn’t that amazing?

 Psalm 8 deserves to be repeated in full:

 1 O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!
       You have set your glory
       above the heavens.

 2 From the lips of children and infants
       you have ordained praise
       because of your enemies,
       to silence the foe and the avenger.

 3 When I consider your heavens,
       the work of your fingers,
       the moon and the stars,
       which you have set in place,

 4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
       the son of man that you care for him?

 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
       and crowned him with glory and honor.

 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
       you put everything under his feet:

 7 all flocks and herds,
       and the beasts of the field,

 8 the birds of the air,
       and the fish of the sea,
       all that swim the paths of the seas.

 9 O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!

God made everything we can see on a cloudless night, but it’s when we look at each other that we see his best work.  Do you see God’s best work in others?