This Is Where I Meet Him

I just walked back in from the deck. I went to check on the dog and just stopped… stopped to drink in the scenery.

A view of the night sky near Sagittarius.

I propped my elbows up on the deck railing. The sky was an inky black, peppered with the glimmer of twinkling lights. The moon full or almost full, poured it’s white light down on the sleepy countryside. I heard my wind chime keeping time with the flow of the air. The winter weeds in the field out back, bending to the night time tune. I heard the Canadian geese honking loudly in the otherwise quietness of the night. For that one, all too brief, moment I felt such peace. I was standing there, by myself, on the deck, in the dark, wearing my old jeans, a thermal shirt, and in my stocking feet.

I thought to myself, “this is beautiful”. I felt very blessed. I AM very blessed.

God spoke to me in this quiet…… I met with Him in that moment.

The words of the hymn, How Great Thou Art, came to my lips, as I whispered the song to my God who created this most awesome display. The God who provided this moment for me.

How Great Thou Art Hymn

Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Refrain:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel he gentle breeze;

Refrain

And when I think that God his son not sparing,
Sent him to die – I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Refrain

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

I Am Known

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“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

……O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”  Psalm 8:3-4, 9 NIV

I’ve always been drawn to the night sky. When I was young, I would pour over articles on space. I would tell anyone who would listen, about stars, comets, planets and black holes. For several years, I was sure that I wanted to grow up and be an astronomer.  I just knew I’d spend my lifetime looking at the stars. Over the years, the dream of being an astronomer quietly died, but my passion for the night sky did not.

There is nothing like staring into the night sky to realize just how small I actually am.

It always puts things in perspective for me.

Psalm 8. David wrote this Psalm. A song….to be set to music. David was the king of Israel. A man after God’s own heart. He was not perfect, far from it….but, he was humble before God. I can relate to David because he too stood, staring at the night sky, realizing how small he actually was. “What is man that You are mindful of him?”  Yes. He got it.

Hanging over the railing of the deck. Staring. Trying to drink it all in. I can see the stars. The moon. The swirl of the Milky Way. All of this with just the naked eye. I am connected.

The Creator of this night time extravaganza is with me. He watches as I look at His work.

He sees me. Really sees me.

How many times in this life, have I been in a room full of people, and yet do not feel seen? Not known? Not understood?

And  yet……

Here on the deck, in the dark of the night.

I am known.

Known by the Creator of the night time sky,

who also created me.

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Thankful for so much this first Monday in October.

*looking forward to family visiting

*dark blue sky

*sleepy smiles

*a new school room

*help, when I need it

*scripture that speaks to me

*smooth, sweetness of hot chocolate

*lavender plants

*freshly swept front porch

*warm sweaters

*beautiful Autumn leaves

*harvest corn

*being fully known