Stars have a way of creating a subtle yet grand sense of space and the infinite. They make you realize that creation is so much bigger than the planet you’re confined to, and that your life is much more sweeping than your current situation. They can take a predicament, something so familiar as everyday life, pull away the dross and amplify its glory.
For instance, when you pick something so familiar as the sun in our solar system and launch it light years from where you are, its nature and quality changes. The way you view that object shifts. Suddenly a sun that burned is now a star that shines — it’s all about perspective. With a little bit of space (or a lot of it), suddenly there is room to exist and become something else that isn’t just here and now.
But the world can still feel claustrophobic.
Life isn’t easy, and sometimes because of that, you lose a sense of wonder. We spend most of our lives indoors surrounded by artificial light and manmade space. Instead of being immersed in the cosmic, we get lost in an avalanche of worry, and we’re pulled downwards towards gravity — back to our tunnel-visioned reality, back to broken relationships, back to a lack of direction. We feel suffocated. Vastness is suddenly limited only to clear nights where clouds can’t screen our sight, and sometimes because of that, you forget that stars still speckle the sky.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the weightiness of life. But there are things in our lives that we need to make us human—to remind us that we still feel, move and breathe; that we don’t just follow instruction and circumstance, but we speak and listen, too. The world is a free moving space, not predefined laws and rules, and we exist on a planet intentionally placed into an expansive universe perfectly orchestrated by our Creator.
Look up, and remember that there is much more than this. Refresh your perspective. Our Creator is big, and our existence is greater than we know.
God, the universe you created is big and beautiful. You created everything I can see, from the moon and stars to the smallest animals. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your glorious creation.