Look Up

Do you ever look up at the stars at night? Are you amazed at how many there are? Do you wonder how so many were created? Do you know there are more stars being born, even today?

There are more stars than we can count. And, yes, there are new stars being born. According to astrophysicists, the Carina Nebula is 7,500 light years away, 300 light years wide, and birthing new stars. The birth of a star can take hundreds of years. Can you imagine?

It is believed the stars being birthed by Carina Nebula will continue for thousands of years. The new stars may not come into existence until our own star—the sun—has burned out and will last long after. This demonstrates God’s handiwork and that He continues to create.

It is amazing when you think about how large the solar system is. Scientists continue to discover new galaxies, new stars, and new exoplanets. Some of them are so far away, it’s completely possible those scientists are seeing history, meaning they are looking back in time to a degree due to the time it takes light to travel that distance and what scientists are seeing occurred hundreds or thousands of years ago.

We often call the stars the heavens. I’m sure this is largely due to our past and the inability to properly describe the stars we see in the night sky. Yet, there is a true heaven in which God lives and reigns over all creation. A place beyond what we see and far grander than the numerous stars and galaxies we currently know of.

We are told to look up, focus on spending eternity with God rather than on this earth. This does not mean that we don’t take care of things in the here and now. It simply means that we are not to allow them to rule our lives to the point that we forget we have a wonderful inheritance waiting for us.

By setting our minds on spending our eternity with God, we have hope and can make it through whatever this life throws at us. Focusing on Him provides a steady focal point. It provides us with a solid anchor on which we can stand in the face of difficulties.

I pray we all trust God’s promises. I pray we focus on the inheritance waiting for us. I pray each of us finds the hope we need. Set your mind on God. Trust in His promises. Know that being raised to Christ means you have a new life. Rise above earthly worries.

Colossians 3:1-2 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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