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You Are the Universe To God

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When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
    the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
Psalm 8:3-5

Amy, my 11yo, has been watching some interesting videos about the universe on YouTube. She told me recently about this one called Mind Blowing!…Earth Compared to the Rest of The Universe – Amazing Graphic Presentation and of course I had to have her show it to me.

My mind really was blown. So I HAD to pass it along to you. Take the 208 seconds to watch it. I guarantee your mind will be blown too!

This is not something I consider often. How truly small and insignificant we are compared to the vastness of space, which continues to expand at light speed. It’s unreal! Yet it is a good reality check. How significant are we really?

As I woke this morning, lying in bed I asked God (as I always do) what should I write about today? And this verse from Psalm 8 came to me. “What is man that you are mindful of him…”

Really. Why does God care so much about us? What type of God would actually want to have a personal connection with every human heart when He is capable of crushing us and starting over?

A few years ago for Mother’s Day I asked for a gardenia bush. I had it planted right outside my office window and it is in bloom right now. This year I have made an effort to walk by it every morning and speak to it. I encourage it to keep growing and praise it for what a great job it’s doing growing. I look for new buds that are ready to unfold and smell others that are proudly completing their cycle. That may seem silly but it feels good to appreciate progress.

And in some small way maybe that is how God feels about us?

He chose to plant us here on earth. He delights in our efforts to try to blossom. He watches us proudly as we give off our radiant beauty for all to enjoy. He prunes us back after our flowering season is over so we can bring forth even more flowers next year. When we are planted too far in the shade and we aren’t getting the sun we need He uproots us and plants us in a better spot in the garden of life.

I don’t know. That’s how I see God. In the simple analogies that nature has to offer.

So maybe this whole universe and our smallness in it is just another revelation of how vast and how great God’s love is for us. If He is responsible for this entire creation and yet He still has time to meet me here in the morning while I have my coffee and type on my Macbook…that is some very powerful love.

Never too busy. Always encouraging. Gently trimming away the things in my life that don’t help me grow. Like a gardener, expertly helping each plant to thrive, He knows what we need. We just have to trust the seasons of life and know that after winter comes spring. It always does.

The universe is so fast it seems scary. At the end of the video, I felt fragile and dependent and small. We know so little about our existence. We are literally floating in a galaxy that is tiny in the vast sea of many many other bigger galaxies. We have so little control of anything really. So why try? Why worry? Why pretend like, “I got this!”

No we don’t. God does.

Today I will be grateful for God’s mindfulness of me. Today I will remember that in this amazing galaxy He is thinking about me. God has crowned me with glory and honor. Not because I earned it. He did it out of pure love. And for that, I will remain grateful.

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