One of my favorite things to do as the weather begins to warm is take our dogs outside late at night and spend a few minutes looking at the evening sky. I have always been captivated by our starry universe.
According to people who know way more than me about this, there are more than a trillion galaxies in the known universe – each one with about 250 billion stars like our sun. Staggering, isn’t it? Not only am I fascinated by the size of our universe but also at its intricacy. It is both dramatically complex yet precisely fine-tuned.
I know that some people look heavenward and see only a random, merely physical phenomenon – void of a creator, let alone a sustainer. Yet for me, it’s always had the opposite effect. Somehow gazing into that vastness draws me close to God and points to the centrality of His role in all things from planets and nebulas to viruses and economics.
In the book of Colossians (1:15-17), the Apostle Paul writes this… “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”
This passage tells us that at the center of all the universe’s majesty and grandeur stands a heavenly Creator. It also tells us that if we want to know what God is like, we can look to Jesus as the most accurate reflection of the full identity of God. Lastly, it tells us that Jesus was before all creation, greater than all the universe put together and is still at work holding it all together.
I love that. Behind all the radical changes and seeming chaos of life, just when we are tempted to believe everything might fly apart, we are reminded that at the center of all things is the only true constant in the universe – an immovable, undefeatable, inspirational Savior whose heart is for us and whose presence is with us through His Spirit.
In these times when everything has changed so much, it is good to remember that there is an unchanging rudder at the center of life whose greatness cannot be counted, and whom we can invite into the very marrow of our circumstances, needs and hopes.
Take some time to worship Jesus today – to be in His presence, to rest in His goodness and strength. Take hope, stay strong and remember the greatness of your Lord.