"Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;" Genesis 1:14
My daddy was always in charge of stringing the lights on our Christmas tree when we were little girls. I remember watching him meticulously thread each strand in and around the branches of our artificial tree as each level was lit with luminous color. Every spot on the tree was filled with beautiful lights of gold. And then the position of all the ornaments would take place, which Sonya and I were allowed to take part in.
When our masterpiece was finished we would stand back and admire the huge, towering splendor in all its beauty. I knew then that all the Christmas festivities would soon be in full swing.
Sonya and I had a ritual we would do every single year as soon as our tree was ready. We would climb underneath and lay on our backs as we gazed in wonder up through all the branches at all the luminosity. What an amazing sight to behold especially as little girls with big imaginations.
Do you think this is what God had in mind when He was laying out the heavens and the earth? Placing each star with the sun and the moon in their specific places to illuminate the skies and give us light and warmth and beauty from above.
What a gift it would have been to have witnessed God speak all this into existence...but doesn't He allow us to see this with every sunrise and sunset, with the night sky blanketed with stars? And don't forget the beautiful rainbow. He spoke them into existence and allows us to have freedom to look up...through all the branches...and stare at His glorious creation and give Him praise and thanksgiving for all that He has done (Deut. 10:21).
We are a blessed people to live on this earth; in this world and be witnesses to His beauty displayed in all of creation. And to think...these lights are nothing compared to the lights of heaven, our eternal home. What joy and splendor and magnificence we will get to witness on that glorious day (John 1:4).
What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon His face
The one Who saved me by His grace.
And forever I will be
With the One who died for me
What a day
Glorious day that will be.
So girls, let's take some time out of our busyness and crawl onto a blanket on our backs and look up at the night sky and imagine what the lights of heaven will be like as we thank the Lord for the lights we get to enjoy on this side...for now.
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, What a Master Artist You are! May I never take the beauty of this world for granted. I cannot grasp the power of Your words as You spoke each created being into existence, but I am so thankful I get to call this place home...for now. Amen.