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"When I consider Thy heavens..."


I took this star trails picture a few years ago on our farm land one night. It's a 15 minute long exposure, so the earth's rotation makes it look like the stars are swirling. Notice the center north star... God's creation is fascinating!


Good morning friends,


It's Wesley here instead of Dad today...


Before I get started I need to make one thing perfectly clear.


As Mennonite Christians, we believe the Bible is God's Inspired Word and the Genesis creation account occurred just as the Bible describes.


"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 1:1


"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." Gen. 1:31


As the chapter details, we believe God brought everything into existence in six literal days. Yes, if He wanted He could've stretched creation out over thousands of years... but why would He? He is God performing a God miracle.


Sometimes people scoff at us for believing in Creation. But in reality, it takes more faith to believe that the intricate details and order we see around us came from a massive explosion billions of years ago than it does to believe they are the careful work of an intelligent designer.


Lee Strobel came to this same conclusion in his book: The Case for a Creator. He began his research originally to prove the Bible and creation illogical but instead found the opposite to be true. The Bible account stands strong where the theory of evolution falls flat.



Now to the inspiration for today...


I've always found the stary night sky fascinating as I consider God's work of art in the heavens. Aside from the obvious beauty, the sheer size and number of stars is staggering.


Since it's hard to visualize how large the stars actually are, I like to imagine the whole universe shrunk down till Earth would only be about 1 inch tall or the size of a quarter. The planet Jupiter would be the size of a basketball and the Sun would be 9 feet high... a little over standard ceiling height.


At this tiny scale, the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, would be 16 feet across while Rigel, in the constellation Orion, would be 700 feet wide. That means if the earth was the size of a quarter, Rigel would still be the length of 10 tractor-trailer trucks!


But they get even bigger yet.


Betelgeuse, another star in the constellation Orion, would be 10,000 feet high at this scale... 30 times higher than the Statue of Liberty!


And this doesn't even begin to touch on the massive distance between each star or the vast number of galaxies peppered across the universe.


Our God is truly an awesome God who loves to display His creative ability for all to see.


I totally identify with Psalms 8:3-4 "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?"


Picture the earth as small as a coin on the sidewalk beside these giant stars.


And we are on that earth... tiny specs of humanity.


Yet God loved us enough to give His son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins.


The question is, "Do we believe in Him enough to accept His offer, confess our sins, and give our lives as a living sacrifice so that He might cleanse us from all unrighteousness and welcome us into His family?"


It is humbling and yet inspiring. The God who "stretched out the heavens like a curtain" (Psalms 104:2) cares about the salvation of each one of us. (2 Peter 3:9)


We are so unworthy. Yet we are so blessed.


Consider the heavens and give God the glory and praise He deserves.


Your Mennonite Christian friend,

Wesley Shank




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Song of the Week

For maximum worship experience, read and contemplate on the lyrics while listening. Just let the message sink into your heart. Sing along if you wish. Remember... it's only the message of the words that feeds the soul!

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Oh Lord my God, when I, in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! When thru the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze, Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in — That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow, in humble adoration And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art!


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