I don't know about you, but I love looking at the stars. I have never seen the sky so filled with them as I have from my front yard in Alaska. During the winter, I could step off the front porch, snow crunching beneath my boots, and gaze up into the sea of sparkling white above. There were so many stars overhead that it was hard to distinguish them from one another. The Milky Way truly looked like a pitcher of milk and the different constellations were swallowed up by all the stars around them. The other day, in celebration of six months of marriage, Chelsea gave me a card. On the front it had two people looking up at the night sky, stars made of jewels giving it a 3D texture. In the stars, outlined as a constellation, were the words "I love you."
As I gaze into the sky and see the stars, my mind can't help but think about the power and majesty of the God Who placed them there. I love the following passage, spoken by God and recorded by Isaiah, "'I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.'” Isaiah responds, "Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it! Shout, you lower parts of the earth; Break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, And glorified Himself in Israel" (Isaiah 44:22, 23). Have you ever looked at the stars and thought about them singing in response to the forgiveness God has given you? God placed them in the heavens to remind us of the love and mercy that He has towards us. As you look up at the stars tonight, look for the outline of the constellation where God has written the words, "I love you."