On a mild summer evening, I stayed out in the garden for longer, until it got dark. I sat on a lounge chair and watched the sky. It was a clear night, not a cloud could be seen. The darker it got, the more lights I could see in the sky. Her luminosity and splendor grew stronger and stronger. I could only marvel at the wonderful starry sky and how numerous the stars showed up. It seemed to me that God wanted to reveal His greatness and glory to me at that moment. Joy and gratitude filled my heart for all that God created.
“Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who makes their army come forward by number, calls them all by name: Before him, rich in might and mighty in strength, not one is lacking.” Isaiah 40:26
“He counts the number of the stars, he calls them all by name.” Psalm 147:4
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have prepared, what is man that you remember him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:4- 5
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament declares the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:2
Just as God knows and counts every single star in the sky, he also knows every single one of us. He knows you, he loves you and he sees you. He knows you by name and, like a star, created you wonderfully and uniquely. He knows everything about you, knows your strengths and weaknesses, your joys and sorrows. God loves you just the way you are and he calls you. He calls you into his presence, into a relationship with him, he calls you by name.
God shows and proves his love for us by letting us marvel at his creation. We can enjoy a wonderful starry sky. He also shows his love by getting close to us humans. Jesus came to earth, became human like us and died on the cross for our sins. He took our guilt upon Himself to restore our relationship with the Father, to dissolve the separation between man and God, to call us into the glory of God. In his presence we can begin to shine, God brings his light to us. His light makes us shine and the darker and darker it gets around us, the brighter we will shine as the light of God penetrates us.