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Sermon Response: Being in Awe of God by Susan Ward

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A few weeks ago, Tim and I took our kids to the Hubble IMAX movie at the Smithsonian Air and SpaceMuseum. Taking a five year-old and two three year-olds to a 45-min movie on space is worthy of an entirely different blog post on patience and endurance but that is not the topic of today's post.

At one point in the movie, there were images taken by the Hubble telescope of the galaxies that are very far away. I use the scientific term 'very far away' because it makes my brain hurt to think about how far away these stars and galaxies are and I cannot even make an educated guess as to how far away they are. I do know it involves light years. The fact that these other solar systems exist and that our solar system is just one of many is fascinating to me. We really are just a tiny little speck. I could not wrap my brain around the immensity of our universe. And yet, as far as we could send our very expensive and powerful telescope there is more. We cannot possibly expect to capture it all merely in a picture, no matter how high-definition it is. We will never truly know all that is out there, there is just too much.

The God that created stars, planets and galaxies that are so far away I don't even know what unit of measurement to use to quantify their distance from me is the same God that hears my prayers at night. I'm not sure what baffles my mind more, the concept of light years or the incredible omnipotence of God.

Hearing Psalm 19 in worship yesterday reminded me how easily I let life distract me from God's amazing glory. I am often so distracted by the tiny insignificant things that don't matter that I forget to praise God for the amazing things that do matter.

The heavensdeclarethe glory of God;
the skiesproclaim the work of his hands.
2Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4Yet their voicegoes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tentfor the sun,
5which is like a bridegroomcoming out of his chamber,
like a championrejoicing to run his course.
6It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

How often are we coming to worship looking for our cup to be filled rather than to pour out our own cup? We serve an amazing God. A God who has created more stars than we could even count but who still listens to every single prayer we offer up.

Many of you might be traveling for Thanksgiving already and might have missed yesterday's sermon, you can watchA Call to Thanksgiving here.

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