And the Stars

I am stuck in Job chapter 26. 
I am reading the last verse over and over, soaking in its depth and meditating on its richness. 

“Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways. 
And how small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power
who can understand?” 
Job 26:14

My husband has been in the hospital now for over two weeks. He was admitted with COVID pneumonia. Even though we have seen such miracles, have experienced such outpouring of love and prayer, I can’t help but try to find the answers to all my but-whys.

Job reminds me of another verse. 
This one has always been the tiniest, hidden treasure to me. I found it at the entrance of the universe. 

Genesis 1:16 says, 
“And God made the two great lights – the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night – and the stars.” 

AND THE STARS?

WHAT?

This tiny whisper, these three small words hide right there in plain view. As only a tiny side note, they contain creative breath beyond my understanding. They cling to the lesser creation like an afterthought.

AND THE STARS!

Isn’t this like our God? How often has he hidden his power in the less obvious, even in my unanswerable questions. I focus on the seen, the immediate, the thing I can fathom with my tiny mind. I look up and seek what I can understand, see and feel. But my answers cannot be found there, for my God is more than my understanding.

Indeed. It is true. “How small a whisper we hear of him!” 

AND. THE. STARS.

“Father, help me to always seek you, not only in the obvious, but maybe even more so in my circumstances which I cannot understand. Keep my heart from the pride which says I know. Help to to submit everything into your powerful hand, knowing you created the sun and the moon AND THE STARS.

It is the glory of God to conceal things,
    but the glory of kings is to search things out.
Proverbs 25:2


(Thoughts and pictures, Heidi Viars 2021, Scriptures taken from the ESV)

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  1. Heidi: I’ve just read your post “and the stars”. I am an avid sun chaser, sunrises, yes, but I chase more often sunsets. On occasion, I get a glimpse of the vast array of stars on a clear night and is completely stills my heart.

    There is one bible verse there makes me stand still and it is.. “I look at the heavens, which you made with your hands, I see the moon and starts, But why is man important to you? Psalm 8 verse 3,4 .
    Yes, our tiny brains cannot fathom how much HE loves us. Rest in HIS love as you witness your husbands’ recovery. Blessings…Lin Peters Szell

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  2. Love this, “…they contain creative breath beyond my understanding”, especially when one considers that “stars” is also used to represent angels and saints.

    Rejoicing with you in Scott’s progress! Prayers for continued recovery and the ability to be home soon. 🙏🏼

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    • Thank you, Rene … I so clearly remember how you walked with us through those rough days of Corey’s coma with your gift of prayer. I have never forgotten your words of kindness and your gift of prayer then … and won’t now as you pray. Even though I have never met you, you have given me a glimpse of what heaven will be like … when the Bride worships the Groom. What a day that will be. If I don’t see you on this side and hug your sweet neck, I will do then for sure.

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  3. I love how God speaks to us through His word as He allows phrases to just jump out at us with a comforting message. Thank you for sharing this profound message. May God’s reminder of His great power sustain and comfort you and Scott during this time of stress in your life.

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  4. My wife and I have been praying for Scott, and your whole family. We’ve followed his progress on your Caring Bridge site. I love the scriptures and thoughts you share in this post! The passage from Job reminds me that God is like an iceberg–there is much more of Him than appears on the surface. Your example of faith in Him during this time is an inspiration, Heidi!

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    • THANK YOU for your gift of prayer, a gift ultimately to Christ’s Body. It’s in these trials we experience the purpose of community, namely to be able to get glimpses of God’s faithfulness, kindness, and deep love.
      Thank you for reflecting Jesus to those around you … and especially to Scott and me today! Blessings, dear brother.

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  5. Just contemplating the stars for a few moments makes obvious how inadequate our understanding is of our all-powerful God. How could he create so many stars out of nothing, and NAME them all? How could he place them as far as the east is from the west in an infinite universe? How did he gather the stars into breath-taking galaxies? Praise God, though, he IS more than our understanding. The Power behind the stars can certainly handle our small-scale circumstances! Continuing to pray for you and your husband, dear Heidi.

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    • Your prayers and words of encouragement are a huge blessing to me (us). Scott has made the biggest progress over the last couple of days. When I was able to see him, touch him, pray for him, it felt like all was going to be ok. Being separated from loved ones in times of these has to be one of the cruelest things … which makes Christ’s willingness to take on all our sins, willingly separate himself from the Father, a whole new act of love to me. Thank you, dearest Linda … for your prayers and always kind words.

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    • YES … it always amazes me anew how God works in these ways. All is to show that He cares so deeply for each of us. Thank you for your prayers for Scott and for me. They strengthen us in all sorts of ways. Thank you again, brother.

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  6. Praying for you and your husband, Heidi. Yes, there is no understanding what some have called the immensity of God, in that He has counted and named the stars, but neither is there any limit to His nearness. He has numbered, not counted – numbered, each and every hair on our heads. God’s best to you and yours, dear sister.

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    • Thank you so much my fellow warrior… I am forever grateful for your prayers for Scott and me. YES, while I dread these times of uncertainty, His nearness is truly our good. These places are the sweetest to me … there is a clarity, a knowing beyond simple faith, a deep assurance He is holding us. While I don’t necessarily enjoy the circumstance, I would never trade it for understanding His unmistakable nearness. A strange place to find myself. Thank you again for your kindness and for your prayers.

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    • Sweet Leah,
      Your mother has been a steady source of God’s love to me. I think of her (and your dad) daily. Your prayers are a beautiful gift to us all. Thank you for your words of encouragement … for your example of faith over the years. If we not meet here on earth, I know where to find you when I get to heaven … that place will one of my first stops, too ❤️

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    • Lieber Frank … VIELEN DANK dass du fuer uns betest. JA. Wir sind voller Zuversicht … Er ist unser Heil. Wir koennen ihm mit jedem Tag vertrauen, egal was auf uns zukommt. Nochmal, vielen, lieben dank, mein Bruder!

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