Yesterday, I went through my usual evening routine of taking the dog out for a bed-time walk. Many moons ago when she wasn’t an O.A.P. we used to walk down our road and back along the next one in a loop. It had been a long time since we managed to get that far (one of her delightful old-age traits is her stubborn refusal to walk once she’s had enough) but last night ended up being an exception to the latest rule. Whether it was down to her being walked less than normal or just the autumn chill in the air she suddenly seemed more interested in sniffing her way along the road and then round the corner, and the next, and, by then, it was quicker to keep going than to turn round and go back so she carried on sniffing.
The last but one corner before we return to our street is on a very steep hill (lots of fun in the ice and snow in poorly prepared Britain). This stretch seems to have less street lights than anywhere else on the route and consequently is the only place on the walk where you can really see the stars. Last night was the perfect mix of clear skies with a light cloud-removing breeze and turning the corner I was treated to the sight of the beautiful glowing stars flickering brightly above me.
Clear, dark skies and the aerial landscape of the stars always makes me feel very, very, very small. Those of you who know me will know that is true without looking up at the stars. In this case it not only makes me feel smaller than I already am but that all people are very small. All of us. Very, very, very small. The beauty, diversity and wonder of the wider universe is so extravagant and big. It is one of those rare times that everything that might worry us about life is put firmly back into perspective. How important really is all that stuff we spend our time doing compared to the beauty of the universe? I mean, really?
You’ll be relieved to know I’m not even going to attempt to answer that question. You weren’t really expecting one, were you? Instead, I’ll share something that occurs to me. Every time I look up to the stars I remember that if the universe is big, God is even bigger. If our loving God can hold the universe in the palm of His hand that makes him HUGE. And if He is that big then He can definitely deal with all our little worries and concerns even if they feel enormous to us. So never forget that no matter what you are going through or how tough it may be (and I’ve done tough – yes, really), the creator of the universe loves you more than you can possibly imagine and is big enough to deal with it all. Even when we cannot see it, there is a plan. Whenever you need to remember that, just look up at the stars and remember how big our amazing God is.