“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?”
Last night I decided that I needed to go out and enjoy the night. Usually when it gets warmer at nights I will go out and enjoy my Lords presence. I stare at the stars and the moon and think on Him. So last night I did this.
I decided to go out because I felt my heart was racing a bit.(Every once in awhile I get minor heart palpitations) I am not sure if it was a little anxiety or just something wrong with my heart. It has been a bit of a crazy couple weeks. Everyone in the house has been sick and I had a major event I had been planning for. Don’t get me wrong I have people in my life that help me through. They are gems to me. They bring peace to my sanity. But, I knew last night I just needed that moment. No distractions, no phone, no social media…just God.
That morning, in a devotion, I read how Jesus had to have moments alone with the Father to recoup, re-energize, or get restored. We can only receive those things with God. So, I went outside…stood on the back porch….and looked up.
It had been forever, it seemed, since I had gone out into the quiet of the night to just be alone.I looked up and drank in all the stars. I got lost in Him. I noticed the noise of the town but it didn’t seem to distract me. My town is small, there was a bit of a commotion on the busy street that is just a block away. Yet, through the noise I could still hear my Lord whisper, “come away with me”.
A flock of geese went flying by. The lights of the town on their bellies.(“wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings”– from, My Favorite Things) Even in the darkness they still flew together. Tight in more of a “u” shape then a “v” but still together. I could hear them honk and I said “it is the nature that I can see you and praise you”.
Songs of worship started flooding in. Quietly I stood there and whisperly began to sing to my Creator.
The stars seemed so bright. Brighter than they usually are during the summer nights. I suppose because the atmosphere is thinner this time of the year. But, it helped me reflect on him even more. I thought of a video by Francis Chan, showing his congregation how small we really are in comparison with the Universe. And yet, God loves us anyways. We are a vapor. How small one can feel when looking into the deep dark spans of the night sky. It is a humbling moment. Every time.
I thought of songs lyrics like, “Lord, you are, more beautiful than diamonds and nothing I desire compare with you”, ” This is my desire to honor you,Lord with all my heart, I worship you”, “when the music fades and all is stripped away and I simply come”, and this song popped into my head,
Though that song is an intense song. This is a song of someone one in a desperate situation. I wasn’t really feeling desperate last night, I just needed a desperate moment with my Savior. Through this moment I stood there, I found peace. A calm. “Rest in me” are His whispers. My heart calmed down. I stood there listening and enjoying Him.
I wanted to share this moment with you to encourage you. Take time to be with God. We can get so busy with life we forget to take those quiet moments just the two of us. Sit in your car quietly, on the porch, go to the lake or park, whatever is your place of solitude. Reflect on Him. Don’t read. Just talk to him. Take him in.
“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy” Psalms 19:1-5