Sunday, August 4, 2013

God's Infinite Love

Jim is a star-gazer. Married to my wife's mother, Jim is an intelligent, compassionate artist with a keen scientific mind. His genuine compassion, creativity and love of discovery make him a fascinating person. Most evenings Jim loves to search the heavens using his high-powered high-tech telescope in their backyard, controlled by his laptop inside the house. It is all quite impressive. Even more impressive is his ability to discover stars, nebulas and even other galaxies far beyond our own. I find it breath-taking and mind-stretching enough to take in the beauty of the star-filled expanse on a clear night; it is all the more incomprehensible to attempt to grasp the wonder of infinite constellations and galaxies beyond our own with a distance from us that can only be measured in millions of light years. What we see and experience is only a small fraction of all that is there. It is truly incomprehensible. Is there anything that can reach the heights of the universe?

Just as my mind is stretched by the infinite realities of the universe, the Psalmist makes a bold announcement:

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Psalm 36:5

Two realities surpass the seemingly-infinite reaches of universe: the God who created it all out of His intelligent creative pleasure, and even more amazingly, His love for you and me. As stellar as God's love is, it is concrete, displayed in the infinite reality of Jesus' life, cross and resurrection. There is no telescope strong enough to reach the outer-limits of God's specific and personal love for you. It is nothing short of breath-taking and mind-stretching. Every star-filled night becomes an amazing reminder of a reality beyond what we can see or comprehend: God's infinite love.

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