“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim
the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.”

Psalm 19:1-2, NIV

The year was 1967, and I will never forget the day because, as a young boy, this would be one of those first-timers. Our grammar school was taking a field trip to an astronomical observatory. The observatory contained a large telescope, which was mounted on metal bars. It extended out of a tiny block building, through the ceiling into the evening sky.

As far back as I could remember, in my 11-year-old mind, I had been fascinated with stars and astronomy. So, I could not wait to take a peek into the universe – into the galactic. The guide told us this was a reflecting telescope and had a range to see distant galaxies. So I was beside myself with excitement.

Alas, it was my turn to look. I slipped my eye to the lens and peered into the evening universe and what I saw absolutely stunned me! It was as if someone drew a curtain back on the universe and allowed me to gaze in. I had never seen anything so awe-inspiring!

I aimed the optics at the North Star and was told that I was seeing 400 billion miles away. I pointed toward a spiral galaxy and was told that it contained over 100 billion stars. A whole new world opened to me that night; one that I will never forget. I have been star struck ever sense. I am more fascinated by the stars than ever because now I know two things: Who created the stars and the purpose for which they were created.

Take a telescope and aim it toward the universe, and every night you will see a display of God’s knowledge. The purpose of the universe is to display the glory and knowledge of God. When God creates, he creates things by design, and he creates them to fulfill a purpose.

Likewise, every believer is the workmanship of God (Ephesians 2:10). He did not mass-produce us. He did not Xerox copy us. He shaped and designed us to fulfill a purpose.

QUESTION: You are fearfully and wonderfully made. What do you think God’s purpose is for your life? Praise Him for making you special!