In this fast paced world of buying and selling, making money while fighting for more time, and working and serving, we can make ourselves the center of our own universe. At times we forget about God and all that He has given us. We go about our existence and focus only on our little short term goals. We think about our jobs, our schooling, our families and friends. We think about what we will do that night, that weekend, or in an hour. We forget that each waking moment is a gift from God. The mere fact that we exist at all is a loving gift from God. This may be hard to grasp, especially in terms of trying to figure out your own importance to God. Do you or I matter? Were we a specific, purposeful part of God’s plan, or just part of the package deal that came with creating life?
God loves each and every one of us: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…” (Jer 1:5). We are all special and known. But does this make God any less majestic and powerful, if He deals with our small, nitty gritty details? No. When I want to think about how amazing and wondrous God is, I take a cue from my beautiful wife. She says that whenever she wants to think about God, all she needs to do is think about space. If we get outside of our own little bubble for a moment, we can look at where we are relative to everything else. It is amazing enough to look at a map on the internet and zoom out from your own house. You will see that you are in a larger city, region, state, country, and only a small speck on this planet. But if one really wants to think about God and be awestruck by His majesty, look at some pictures of space. When you look at the vastness of space, the stars, the planets, and all that is out there, not to mention how small you and I now are compared to that massive area, one can see that something cosmic and mystical is truly at work.
God cares about every one of us and hears our little prayers. But remember, God is also the author of everything out beyond our world. God created the stars, the planets, the galaxies, and beyond. While He was creating these beautiful cosmic views and complex systems that we still are slowly coming to comprehend, He always had it in mind to make you. You are as important to Him as anything else, if not more. God has created you and I with love. He has a plan for every one of us. He did from the beginning. It was He who could create something as a part of this master plan and truly know that it was “good.”
Whenever you feel forgotten, whenever you feel distant from God, you should look at these pictures and remember that the One who created all of this is the One who created you, on purpose, with a purpose. He loves you. He knew what He was doing; take heart.
For some amazing pictures from space that are updated daily, look to http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html.Tags » children, God, God as Father, love, majesty, power, understanding
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