When I Consider Your Heavens
by Wendy Coy
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory
in the heavens… Ps 8:1 (NIV)
Defeated, my head slumped onto the nearest pile as scraps of ideas and budget receipts cascaded to the floor. Papers jeered, “See ME? I’m the proposal that was due last WEEK!”
Never mind the mess, I was too tired to deal with screaming middle-of-the-night reminders. Extricating myself from the buried desk, I shuffled upstairs toward the bedroom.
With no moonlight, I was relieved that my feet knew the way. I glanced up to the hallway picture window, for no reason, and gasped as a gleaming star show pulled my eyes from the dark steps. Like a vacuum suddenly filled with air, my heart drew in the radiance and wouldn’t let it go. I stopped mid-step and eased myself onto the window seat, entranced. There, there were the dazzling spots of light balanced in a dance called a constellation
On this first crisp fall night, the brilliant sparkle flooded my eyes and my spirit with wonder. Orion’s belt blazed, diamonds dangling, tempting me to reach and touch a crystal mobile. The stars burst through the darkness with glow so bright leafless trees created silhouette borders. When did constellations get this large, I wondered?
No one demanded I put down the briefcase of anxieties, but who would want to carry it when faced with a celestial display of Christmas lights? Thoughts of unfinished lists, overflowing folders, and demanding commitments melted down to size; even the warm bed just steps away lost its appeal. Gradually, my weariness lifted as I marveled at God’s fancy in spilling diamonds so artfully.
‘When I consider thy heavens… What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” I pondered with the psalmist.
At peace, I waited. Silent. Still. Aware that the God of the Universe was pointing beyond the stars to His stunning Son. “Look,” He was saying, “He’s coming. Just as the seasons tell you each year that His advent is near, so I’m saying again, watch and wait. He’s dazzling. His promise is near. Just as the stars surprise you each fall, He will amaze you again with His beauty and His coming. Look, look at My display!”
And so, this advent, I wait. The papers and to-do-lists may overflow, but God visits His people, and the heavens tell of His glory – dazzling like the stars, the Son is coming!