“Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.” Isaiah 40:26
I was drawn outside in the very early by a particularly large star (planet?) that seemed alive in its twinkling. Mesmerized, I gazed, wondering at its seeming tinges of color as its white blazed bright. As I moved farther outside, my view now unobstructed, I was overwhelmed by the whole expanse of sky, a canopy of stars in varied sizes, perfectly clear Orion, Cassiopeia, the Big Dipper; and the longer I looked, the more I saw: beautifully suspended white dot pictures and patterns, a line, a shape with a tail (or handle)…named and held in place by God Almighty.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.” Psalm 104:1-2
The more I saw, the greater my wonder as the more vast the heavens became–unchanged, yet more deeply seen and comprehended. Isn’t this so with Almighty God? Taking time to consider Him before the clamor of day and its attending considerations, demands, emotions, decisions to be made, magnifies His limitless power and beauty and heightens our praise. The ink black sky has now paled before a coming dawn, and the stars have been swallowed by light. Had I waited, I would have missed His grand display. The darkness we face, or find ourselves in unwillingly, has inspiration to offer and glory to behold that we would be unaware of otherwise.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. There is none like You Who have designed the stars and know the ordinances of the heavens; they proclaim Your righteousness, and in them peoples see Your glory. Splendor and majesty are before You; strength and beauty are in Your sanctuary. Teach me all You have for me in Your sanctuary of darkness, that I may carry Your glory into the light. (Psalm 25:1; Job 38:31-33; Psalm 97:6; 96:6)