What a night in Wyoming taught me about God

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That’s me, somewhere outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Photo by Ryan Carl Smith.

“He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”
—Isaiah 40:26

Three weeks ago, I visited Wyoming for the first time. I was there for work, but did have a little adventure one night with a few people from our team.

A couple of them had heard there was going to be a meteor shower, so we waited ’til it was good and dark and ventured outside of town. We turned down a gravel road surrounded by trees, parked and looked up.

Back home, it’s never dark enough to fully appreciate the millions of lights shining down on you. But in that field in Wyoming, it looked like a giant had filled both hands with glitter and blew it into the sky.

As the other folks on the team worked on getting video footage of the meteor shower, I thought about how each of those sparkling specks has a name—each and every one.

“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”
—Psalm 147:4 

That means for every dot of glowing gas suspended in the sky, there’s a name assigned to it. It is known by God. He put it there and knows exactly how many of them there are.

Over the years, I’ve heard people talk about the vastness of God. I’ve read verses about it and even taught Sunday school lessons about how big and great and mighty He is.

But when I stood in that field, freezing and tired, it really hit me just how limitless God is. His reach is immeasurable. His boundaries non-existent. Even when I laid on the ground, gazing up to take it all in, I couldn’t wrap my head around the enormity and power of our God.

In the weeks since, I’ve thought about that meteor shower often. I’ll go back and look at pictures of it and for a moment pretend I’m there again.

It’s not just that it was a gorgeous night or that I got to see something I don’t normally see. When I look at the pictures, I think about how God’s got this. Whatever concern I have, whatever unknown I’m facing, whatever my shortcomings or limitations, He is bigger than that.

And just like each of those flickering stars up there, He put me here and knows my name.

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“You have set your glory in the heavens” —Psalm 8:1. Photo by Ryan Carl Smith.

 

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