It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who pondered what we’d do if the stars only came out every thousand years. His response? “No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would become religious overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God.”
But alas, someone has observed, stars come out every night and we stay inside and watch television! So while heavens are declaring the power and majesty and creativity of God we yawn and watch a rerun of a sitcom accompanied by a fake laugh track!
It’s disconcerting how we take significant things for granted just because they are routine.
– the kiss of a spouse at bedtime
– the dependability of a car over years of driving
– the comradarie of a friend through decades
– the tight grasp of our hand by our child in a crowd
– and the astounding faithfulness of God
– He promised to never leave us (Hebrews 13:5) … and He hasn’t – not once.
– He said we could count on Him to bear our burdens (Psalm 68:19)… and He has – faithfully.
– He said He’d accompany us through deep sorrows (Psalm 34:18)… and He’s done just that.
– He said the waters wouldn’t overflow us (Isaiah 43:2) … and they haven’t.
– He told us that our foundation would be his everlasting arms beneath us (Deuteronomy 33:27) … and they’ve been there for us.
– He promised us rest in troubling times (Hebrews 4:1) … and it’s always been available.
– He has given us ‘great and precious promises’ (II Peter 1:4) to sustain us in life’s storms … and they haven’t been rescinded.
– He said He’d take care us, drawing from his great riches (Philippians 4:19) … and they’re still available to us.
– He has plans for our future that are good, giving us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11) … and those plans are still in place!
Wouldn’t this be a good week to reflect on the faithfulness of God in your life? And maybe start by turning off the TV and sitting outside tonight gazing at God’s exquisite handiwork as it silently, yet powerfully testifies of his greatness.
He’s the last One you ever want to take for granted.
May you find joy on your journey!