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How Great Thou Art

Posted by Cinda On May - 25 - 2005

(The following articles was written in 1986 when preparing to move from California to Friendship Village Retirement Center in Tempe, AZ.)

At 3:00 a.m., I lay in bed thinking about our future and planned move to our new retirement sight in Tempe, Arizona. There would be many adjustments and changes in the coming months.

moon_starsI finally rose at 4:15 and with a cup of steaming coffee in hand, I sat down to read. The beaming rays of the full moon shone through the open door to our living room floor. I put on my slippers and walked outside and beheld its beauty. It was bright enough to read a large print book. I looked up and the sky was fantastic! The stars sparkled and as I wandered around to the back yard to observe the full sky, it was marvelous in my eyes. The sparkling radiance of the morning star looked like it had poked a hole in the sky to spread its rays. I just stood trying to grasp, at least in a measure, the greatness of our Creator.

By 5:00 a.m., the moon hovered low in the western sky. It shone through gauzy clouds illuminating them with bright silver etchings. All this was displayed through thinned-out branches of a tall oak tree. The star formations were just as brilliant and the beauty of the night sky was enthralling. How I wished I could capture this on canvas, a magical moment in time. Instead, I asked the Lord to burn it into my memory. (He did!)

At 5:30 a.m., the sky was beginning to lighten. The moon was gone and only a handful of stars were still visible. 6:00 a.m. Now it was light. However, the sun had not yet appeared. An airplane high in the heavens crossed the sky, leaving a trail tinged with early morning light. A crow called out to its mate and in the quietness of this early hour, one could hear the traffic from the freeway a mile or so away. Man was begging to stir in a new day, on this beautiful planet of God’s wonderful creation – and so very unaware of the wonders all about him.
During the hours of brilliant moonlight, even the heavens declared God’s glorious creation but with the coming of sunlight, all gives way to it.  The stars fade out and the sky takes on a new hue.
So with the coming of the Son of God. All else will fade away and He alone will be the light and attraction of all our existence.

I was reminded of the almost incomprehensible chapters in Job 37-42 and the words of Psalm 8:3-4. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visit him?

Lord, please forgive me for ever trying to run my own life. In your sufficiency and great power, I place myself for all my remaining days.  With the words of the song writer I sang, “How Great Thou Art!!!”

Certainly a Hand from above orchestrates the events of this world.

Author: Elsie Young / CCF Contributor
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