I was invited to teach a Youth group in Vyebou (at the "highway") about whatever I wanted..."something interesting and different", they said. I chose to talk about space.
Psalm 19 says that the heavens declare the glory of God. I decided to help the young people understand what they see up in the sky at night. We set up a solar system in the church and compared planets. We saw how small the earth is compared to Jupiter...who has 79 moons!! We learned that each evening we can see Mars in the eastern sky...clear as a bell.
Then, we talked about the stars. To drive from Aquin to Cayes (a trip everyone here understands), you would spend 1 hour in a vehicle. In order to cross the diameter of the moon, you'd spend 3 days in that vehicle. To span the diameter of the earth ? 10 days. If you wanted to span the diameter of the sun, you'd be in that vehicle driving for 33 years!!! THAT's BIG!!!
The sun is pretty small star. To span the diameter of Rigel, another star, you would have to drive your vehicle all day and night for about 200 years.
SO, the heavens do declare the GLORY of God.
But, John 3:16 doesn't tell us that God so loved those stars. Or those planets. Or those moons. He loved you and me. That's powerful. He so loved us that He gave His only Son to take our sins away and give us life with Him forever. We are tiny, but God loves us big.
I think of that when I see the stars...those tiny lights we overlook. They are busy declaring the glory of God. Jesus declares His love.
Missionary in Haiti.