I had some pretty amazing experiences this past weekend. I watched the external fuel tank (ET-94) for the Space Shuttle Endeavor maneuver through the streets of Los Angeles, heading toward its new home, the California Science Center.
It was an amazing sight. That mustard gold tank was huge! I chatted with other spectators as we waited with bated anticipation for a close-up view of the slow-moving spectacle. But once the tank was actually in front of me, I was completely speechless for the full minute and 38 seconds it took to pass me.
Every inch of the tank was big, a sight to behold. History happened right before my eyes.
Later that evening, I attended a friend’s graduation which was held in a huge stadium. As I looked around the spacious venue, I was sure it could seat a city! The ceremony was nice. Academic cords, hoods, and tassels, danced about while ecstatic grads celebrated the moment. Family and friends cheered, whistled, and snapped pictures galore.
Early on Sunday morning, I reflected on the big fuel tank and the big stadium. It was a big deal but I wondered if there was a connection between the two. Maybe it was nothing.
But when I got to church, I discovered something.
As the congregation sang the familiar chorus, “How Great Is Our God,” it hit me! While a space shuttle fuel tank and sports stadium are impressive and big, they do not compare to the greatness of God. The tank and stadium were formed by God-enabled, skillful hands of man. But God alone created the heavens and the earth.
“For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’” (Isaiah 45:18)
As I look back at pictures I took of the tank, I now notice the beautiful, true blue sky in the background, accented by puff-perfect, cottony clouds. God did that! Awesome!
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
At the graduation, it was pretty cold, especial when periodic winds kicked up. But now, I don’t think the wind was a consequence of nature that threatened our comfort. It was the God-controlled gust that obeys His command, blowing when and where He tells it to. Amazing!
God is not just a big God, He is a great God! He’s more than a big deal; He’s the real deal!
“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:3)
© May 2016