Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 10th, 2018
God called the huge space “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.
Genesis 1:8 (NIRV)
Perhaps as a child you looked up at that big, big sky and wondered just how far it reaches. Who could ever be bigger than that sky? Yet, the One who created and made the sky is still “bigger!” And, He loves and cares about “little ones” like us.
On clear nights, it may seem like you can see a million stars in the Milky Way. This is particularly so in Canada’s Dark Sky Preserves. Since 1999, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has designated 17 Canadian parks and observatories as such. To qualify, parks must meet and uphold strict standards that limit or eliminate light pollution, providing some of the country’s best constellation views and, more importantly, protection for migrating birds and nocturnal species. Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, Canada’s only national prairie park is a great example.
How often as children did we lie on a patch of grass somewhere and just stare at the sky. If it was during the day we would watch the clouds drift by, imagining that they were in the shape of some animal or another. At night we would stare into the vastness of eternity, trying to grasp the enormity of it all, and the infinite number of stars. In Genesis 1:8 we read about the sky: “God called the huge space “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.” On the second day, God created the sky. Physically, that would be the various levels to the atmosphere that protect the planet from harmful rays and a variety of objects that pummel the planet each day. But the sky has always represented something greater to human beings. We have long desired to reach beyond the sky, having within us the knowledge of eternity. The Bible even tells us to look up because our salvation is near. While we are bound to this world, when we look to the sky, we are drawn to the eternal.
These have been words from the heart.