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“O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

When I consider thy heavens the work of the your fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast created. What is man that thou are mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visits him?”  Psalm 8: 1, 3-4

Standing on the ships balcony I was struck last night, and this morning, by not only the beauty, but also the vastness of God’s creation. During the night, listening to the ocean water rush by, I looked out from our deck at the stars and contemplated the seeming closeness of the constellation Orion. How something so far away, something so vast, could seem so close. We measure the distance to stars in light years. 10s, 100s, and even thousands.  Yet we have little regard, or comprehension, of just how far such a distance is. Light can travel around the earth 8 times in just one second. Can we realistically comprehend how far it can travel in one hundred years?

Then I look across the beauty of the ocean as I pass over it’s deep blue waters. And like the psalmist I’m humbled; not only by the beauty of God’s creation, but by the vastness of His creation. Why does he care about man? And more specifically, why does he care about me? Yet at this moment I feel His presence. The small voice that says “see, my creation near and far? How much more I care for you; I created you in my image. Walk with me and know me and I will reveal myself to you.” And that is what I chose to do; it’s what I desire.  To know the God who, in the vastness of eternity, takes the time to look down and speak to my heart. And as I again look across the deep blue ocean to the distant horizon I’m, at the same time, both encouraged and humbled.

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