The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1b NIV
Life's difficulties can often become so magnified that our pains and burdens become the only things we can see. But seeing God for who and what He is readjusts our perspective.
Not long ago, health issues were really dragging me down. Several deadlines loomed in my near future. There were family and friends who needed me for this or that and responsibilities at church weighed heavy on me. Then I had writing assignments and community positions and all of these things demanded attention. I felt like I was being torn apart by everything I needed to accomplish. But the only thing I felt like doing was going back to bed.
I remember muddling through that day as best I could, but I didn't seem to be making much progress. Constantly nagged by bodily pains, nightfall arrived and only two items out of dozens could be scratched off my to-do list. Exasperated, dejected and weary, I crashed to my knees beside my desk and cried out for help from above. Our doorbell interrupted that prayer.
It was a neighbor who wanted me to come outside and see how big the moon looked just then. With everything I still needed to accomplish, this irritated me and I was tempted to explode in anger. I had much more important things to do than to go mooning up at the night sky. But suppressing those feelimgs I went outside with him anyway.
The moon did appear huge, and beautiful. The sky was clearer than usual and sparkled with thousands of night twinklers. We talked about how many stars and galaxies there are; the inconceivable distances of space. And, how small the earth is compared to such a vast cosmos. The wisdom and power it takes to create and sustain the universe is mind boggling. God was reminding me through that neighbor that He is more than big enough to handle my little problems.
Back inside, my prayers took on deeper reverence and greater awe. My outlook was much different than before. I was focused on the size of our all-powerful Creator. Those difficulties suddenly appeared much smaller than before. Strength and vitality flowed like a river into my mind and body. We serve a mighty God! By the way, I finally accomplished everything that needed to be done, and did it with joy and in the strength of the Lord.
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