He made the stars also

He made the stars also

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:16

As a small boy I remember one year that Sunday afternoons were devoted to memorizing Genesis chapter one. It was really not at all what my nine-year mind conjured up as a happy pass-time! In searching the recesses of my memory it is somehow strangely connected to my atheist step-father who still considered the Bible to be the book of books.
While I slogged through the verses one by one, I was always quite impressed  with “And God said let there be light!” and pow! There was light. I imagined the Spirit moving over vast dark ocean waves while God wrestled with the mysterious elements in that creation week. First light, then oceans, then fish, birds, animals and finally man. In ticking off God’s impressive accomplishments I overlooked the tail end of verse 16. “He made the stars also. ”

Today, more than 50 years later I know that we are on just a piece of dust whirling in space, surrounded by millions and billions of stars. I at times feel so lost in my own smallness yet God’s great plan of love is by grace tied to us. Rather than wanting us to feel smaller, His longing is for us to know that our weakness is connected to an almighty amazing God who cares for us. Though we can not with even our most advanced science hope to reach even the closest star, He calls them all by name! For us to catch a glimpse of His glory on that fifth day, God paused for a moment, then  He turned, took a breath and “made the stars also!”

The Garden of Prayer

Where Jesus is Waiting

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting
And He bids you to come meet Him there
From The Beautiful Garden of Prayer by Eleanor Schroll

What will be your greatest accomplishment?

When we pray for a miracle in our life remember that the miracles that Jesus did were only signposts pointing to the eternal accomplishments for which He had come!

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Jesus’ four greatest accomplishments:                                   Jesus’ four greatest miracles

    He died on the cross,                                                                                             He healed the sick

He rose from the dead                                                                                          He raised Lazarus from the dead

He prayed and surrendered in the garden                                                   He walked on water

He washed His disciples’ feet                                                                             He multiplied the bread

Where do I belong?

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In looking out over the vast sea of choices and changes do you ever wonder where in all of God’s great ocean do you belong?

Have you stopped to wonder if you on God’s Mission or simply going on His Permission?

Only when Jesus has full control of the ship will we ever find out where He is sailing!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Good Seed in Good Soil

Good Seed in Good Soil

Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times. Mark 4:8

Good seed in bad soil leads to disappointment
Bad seed in good soil leads to confusion
But: Good seed in Good soil leads to a harvest and hope!