A couple of months ago, I did an experiment about our planets with my students that involved a large parking lot, several balls of varying sizes (ranging from a pony bead to an exercise ball), and a set of measurements to scale (each step representing x-number of miles in space). We first placed a 16’ parachute on the ground to represent the sun. After taking a couple of steps to place a marble to represent Mercury, we took a couple more mathematically-scaled steps and placed our golf ball to represent Mars, a few more before placing another golf ball for earth, and so on and so forth. You get the picture. Some planets required 10 steps, some required 30, some upwards of 60 steps before placing the representative ball. By the time we placed our little pony bead down for the dwarf-planet, Pluto, we had almost walked the entire length of a very large parking lot. We could hardly even see the huge parachute where we had begun, much less the tiny golf-ball of earth.
As we stood there, I asked them, “What does it feel like to know that what we have done here only represents ONE galaxy in our vast universe – and out of the millions of stars, thousands of planets, and infinite galaxies of that universe, God cares about YOU…on that itty-bitty, teeny tiny, golf ball that He calls earth…waaaaaaay over there?”
I have to say, even as the one who was supposed to be teaching the lesson, the Lord took that moment to teach me how infinitely important I am to the maker of the Universe. I hope you know that, too. You are more valuable to Him than the meager words of our human language can express, and He longs for you to spend time in His presence.
Read Psalm 139:1-3:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
He knows you, Beloved, and He knows what is going on in your life and in your heart. He knows your innermost fears and your greatest concerns, and He is familiar with ALL your ways. You can trust Him with your heart – He already knows it, inside and out, and He LOVES what He sees.
As you go about this week, I challenge you to look for those moments when God is revealing His affection to you in your everyday.
THINK ABOUT IT:
What is the most recurring thought that comes to your mind throughout the day? What do you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about? What do you keep circling back to when the noise around you is quiet?
Write down a word or phrase that describes your recurring thought on a piece of paper. Take one minute to take that word or phrase to the Lord who KNOWS you, and ask Him what He thinks about it. Find a scripture that supports what you believe He is speaking to you concerning YOU, and write it out. Put the verse(s) on your bathroom mirror or kitchen window, etc. so that it will always be a reminder of what He has spoken to you today.