This past weekend I took a short trip with my brothers and dad to McDonald Observatory in Ft. Davis, Texas. McDonald is operated by a university in Texas, one which shall remain unnamed for the sake of my Aggie brothers and sisters.  Despite its dubious provenance, it is nonetheless one of the premier research observatories in the world, located in one of the darkest spots in the continental United States.

We were able to learn a great deal about the universe and about our own galaxy, and we even got to look through some of their smaller telescopes to see Saturn and other celestial objects.  Actually their “smaller” telescopes were still bigger than any I had previously seen.

The night we were there it was a bit cloudy, but when we woke up the next morning to leave it was still dark and the skies were clear.  The night sky I saw contained more stars than I have ever seen.  I remembered the staff at the observatory telling us that the Milky Way galaxy contains over 200 billion stars, and that there are around 200 billion galaxies in the universe.  Some of those galaxies are even larger than our own, containing as many as a trillion stars. We live on one smallish planet next to one star in one smallish galaxy.

It can make you feel small if you’re not careful.  But it can also remind you of the majesty of God, who created all of those stars and put them in place.

It also reminded me of the love of a God who reached through the galaxies to send us His Son Jesus to die for our sins. Despite my smallness and insignificance and imperfection, He cares for me and takes notice. I could not help but be reminded of Psalm 8:

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,
To still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
What is man that you are mindful of him,
And the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
And crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Praise God because He loves the small, insignificant, weak, imperfect people that we are.  Praise Him that Jesus reached through the universe to save us in our smallness.  And praise Him that he is mindful of you and me.