Psalm 8:3-5 – When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Psalm 147:4-5 – He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. (NKJV)
It never ceases to amaze me that God can take something that is irritating, turn it around and make a blessing out of it.
When I worked on the special education bus, the bus driver and I started our morning route before 5:40 a.m. In the parking lot where we parked our bus, three security lights gave us enough light to feel safe, but when one light went out there were many dark shadows.
For several weeks, the most important light for our bus kept going off and on at the very time we needed its light most of all. This caused many problems and became an irritant to both of us. We complained several times, but to no avail.
One morning, as I waited in the darkened school parking lot, I looked through my car window and noticed that the Big Dipper completely filled my view of the northern sky. I have always looked for the dipper whenever I was outside on a clear night. I love seeing it, and often imagine it filled with water, but this time the dipper was upside down, empty.
When I saw the beautiful, cold, late November sky, with its overturned dipper, I began praising the Lord. The empty dipper reminded me of God's love, full of mercy and grace, that had been poured out upon this sinful world almost two thousand years ago when His Son paid for our sins on the cross. How much the Lord Jesus Christ must have loved us to have willingly sacrificed His own life so that all who believe and trust in Him might have, as a gift, salvation from sin and eternal life. What a costly and wonderful gift God gave us, and what a beautiful picture I saw that morning in the overturned dipper. I saw part of the glory of God. As God's word says: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork." (Psalm 19:1 KJV)
- The Glory of my Lord
Delightful it is to see and know the glory of the Lord.
I see Him through creation and meet Him in His word.
I walk and talk with Him each day,
I seek to learn His will.
My heart opens when I pray and I know He loves me still.
He gives me spiritual eyes to see Him everywhere I go;
then reveals that I must look to Him if I really want to grow.
My faith in Him keeps growing strong, as I let His grace impart
His love, joy and inward peace, to fill my just cleansed heart.
It is God alone who provides for me the riches of His grace,
but to really become more like Him I must look upon His face.
It is only when I have my eyes on Him and my heart's filled with His Word
that it is revealed to me, the Glory of the Lord.
- Amy Woolf Garner ©1997
Prayer: Lord, as we go about out usual daily tasks, let us look for You everywhere. Then as we begin to praise You for what we see, let our hearts rejoice and Your strength fill our being. Amen.