This past month while at summer Bible camp, a man who comes as a counselor nearly every year brought his telescope. Now, I don’t mean just any telescope; this was the real deal. Powered by a high-end computer and designed with some of the latest technology, this telescope was taller than the average man and cost more than I would care to contemplate (aka mind blowing). That being said, astrology is this man’s hobby, and I would say he knows just as much or more than a science teacher. The telescope had a keypad into which he could punch some numbers to find a specific planet, and the telescope would rotate until it found the right coordinates.
The night before camp started, this kind man allowed several of us to look through his epic telescope, and were we amazed by what we saw! The powerful telescope was able to see thousands of millions of miles into space. The stars were lined up just enough so that through the telescope, we could see Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. This means that we saw up to 60,000 million miles into space – that’s how far Jupiter is from the earth.
Later, the man with the telescope showed us what he called a “star cluster”. As it was nearly impossible for me to capture a picture, this Google photo shows something similar to what we saw. This was my favorite sighting, not only for my love of stars, but for its simple, yet unique and profound way of proclaiming the glory of our God. It is simply indescribable.
“He upholds the universe by the Word of His power…” // Hebrews 1:3
As we marveled together at God’s breathtaking creation, the man with the telescope shared some inspiring thoughts. He said that the sky is God’s signature, as if He were saying, “Here I am!” Whether we are gazing at the stars, the planets, a sunset, or a thunderstorm, we should be led to the obvious and unanimous conclusion of “How could all this be an accident?!”
“When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” // Psalm 8:3-5,9
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’.” // Psalm 14:1
However, the stars were not the only things that took my breath away while at camp. Some of my favorites of God’s creations are the mountains. I am always drawn to them, and could spend hours just gazing at their majestic strength and beauty, no matter the location. If I could choose a dream home, it would be in a crook of a mountain. 😉
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” // Romans 1:20
Among some other gorgeous views at Fall Creek Falls were the green forests and plentiful waterfalls. I never cease to be amazed at our Father’s world.
So… no matter where you live or what beautiful adventures await you, never lose your wonder at God’s creation. Keep being amazed.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” // Psalm 19:1