Looking to the Heavens


I am always amazed when looking at a clear night sky. It makes me feel small to realize that I am just one speck on one tiny planet in one large galaxy among a huge sea of millions of  galaxies in a vast, limitless space.

I have observed it from my yard, from campgrounds and mountains and marveled at the haze of the Milky Way, holding more stars and galaxies than can be counted. I have read and heard theories from the Big Bang to evolution. Yet, when I gaze at the heavens, I have a sense of the presence of God the Creator.

Did the writers of the Bible know something that many scientists are just beginning to recognize–intelligent design?

My Old Testament History professor, Dr. Gustav Jenninga, served on several archeological digs in the Holy Land. He noted that for most of their early history, the Israelites were wanderers, farmers and shepherds who spent a great deal of time outdoors. They had time to observe the movement of the stars. They were constantly aware of the wonders of God’s creation. They witnessed miracles in their forty-year odyssey in the desert.

It does seem that there is a higher percentage of believers among country people even today. Maybe it’s easier for us than for those in the cities who can only see the steel and concrete of man-made objects.

Give it a try. Get out to a State or National Park, a seashore, the Great Plains or a mountain meadow and “Look to the Heavens.”

“Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these (the stars)? He who brings out their host by number, calling them by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.”  Isaiah 40:26 (ESV)

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