I don’t know when the last time was that you saw a really starry sky with your own eyes. As I cast my mind back, I find the last time I can remember was the summer of 1994 just after I had finished my A levels. I am horrified to realise that that is nearly twenty years ago! But even across nineteen years, I can still remember the sense of awe I felt, lying on my back on a hillside in Somerset, watching shooting stars in a perfectly clear night sky, filled with more stars than I have ever seen before or since. Now those stars are still all there, each night, but I have never seen them again. How similar to my knowledge of God that has been. How can I think that the Lord doesn’t see my troubles, just because I don’t see his troubles. It’s like saying, whole swathes of his creation no longer exist just because I don’t or can’t see it anymore.
Isaiah 40:26-31 NLT
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? (Isaiah 40:28)
I have to answer, in true humility, that I have heard and I have understood and then I have doubted and forgotten. My goal is to look for the stars again. I want to remember and see the whole of God’s beautiful creation. I feel weak and powerless these days and although I can no longer claim to be a young man, I too, feel exhausted. My Goal is once again to put my trust in the Lord and his promise that those who do will find new strength. I want to soar high enough to see the whole picture of God’s amazing work and get a true perspective of my place in it. I look forward to walking, even running with God, with his own strength, which never grows weak or weary.
Isaiah 39:1-41:16, Ephesians 1:1-23, Psalms 1:1-20, Proverbs 23:25-28