Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2
The word ponder means to "seek with care, consider something deeply and thoroughly, meditate upon." There are many of God's great works we could ponder, but for today let's consider one aspect of God's great creation--the stars.
Our sun, powerful enough to burn our skin and draw oxygen from every plant on earth, is a mere wimp among the stars in the sky. If the giant star Antares were positioned at the same location as the sun--93 million miles away--Earth would be inside it! And our sun and Antares represent just two of 500 billion stars that swim around the vast galaxy of the Milky Way. A dime held out at arm's length would block 15 million stars from view if our eyes could see with that power. One other galaxy, Andromeda, lies close enough (a mere two million light-years away) to see with the naked eye. It showed up on star charts long before the invention of the telescope. It is twice the size of the Milky Way and home to a trillion stars. Get this--the Milky Way and Andromeda are only two of a hundred billion galaxies all swimming with stars.
Take some time to go outside tonight and look at the stars. And remember, the same God who created the stars loves you so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross so that you could be His friend forever. Ponder that!
Father, all Your works are great. We are in awe of Your power and the power of Your love that allows us to know You, love You, and live for You. Slow us down to ponder Your great works in the universe and in our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.