All my family (that’s right, ALL of us – it’s been really good to have my daughter Hazel home from college) spent time out on our deck last night looking at the beautiful moon. You see, last night, May 5, 2012, the moon was full. Any full moon is beautiful, but last night’s moon was the biggest full moon of the year. Because the moon travels an elliptical orbit, its distance from earth varies. Last night’s full moon peaked just as it was passing its perigree, or closest point to earth in its orbit. The moon was 221,802 miles from earth, approximately 15,300 miles closer than normal. This makes the moon appear to be approximately fourteen percent larger and sixteen percent brighter than when at its furthest distance. Astronomers have nicknamed this a “supermoon.” Truly a beautiful sight!
As we gazed at the night sky and watched the moon travel higher and higher, we were all amazed by the beauty of the moon. But without a doubt, what impressed me most was the creative power of God.
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 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. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day” (Genesis 1:14-19).
The scriptures teach that the heavens were brought about by the breath of God’s mouth. “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalms 33:6-9).
How should we respond to God’s handiwork? The psalmist gives us the answer – we are to fear the Lord and stand in awe of him. In creating the world, God measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, meted out heaven with the span, comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance (Isaiah 40:12).
I serve an awesome God! A powerful God! A God who is deserving of every measure of reverence, adoration, and worship I can give him! How do you respond to God’s handiwork?