Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

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Feeling Puny but Loved

Want to see something amazing?  Here it is:  http://atlasoftheuniverse.com/  Click on the top line that says “12.5 light years from the sun” and keep on going to see  layer upon layer of universe until our own solar system and even galaxy are dwarfed into nothing, and we “see” way out to 14 billion light years from the sun.  It claims that there are 30 billion trillion stars in the visible universe!

Now imagine what kind of God made all this—and still cares about little ol’ me and you! 

The heavens declare the glory of God,
     and the sky displays what his hands have made.
One day tells a story to the next.
One night shares knowledge with the next
     without talking,
     without words,
     without their voices being heard.
Yet, their sound has gone out into the entire world,
     their message to the ends of the earth.
He has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun,
     which comes out of its chamber like a bridegroom.
Like a champion, it is eager to run its course.
It rises from one end of the heavens.
It circles around to the other.
Nothing is hidden from its heat.  (Psalm 19:1-6)

The darker the night…

A diamond is most effectively displayed against a black background. 

Total darkness is needed in order to see the stars in all their glory.

This gem shines in the center of the bleakest of books, as Jeremiah wept over the total devastation of his beloved land:

The faithful love of the LORD never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

And Habakkuk’s triumphal climax arises from a scenario of total ruin:

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
  (3:17-18)

Lord, help me to remember that my little candle can make a bigger difference as the darkness closes in around us.  May it shine brightly until the dawn of Your return!

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