Friday, February 08, 2019

The Heartbeat of God

It's been almost a year since I've posted on the blog. I never decided to stop. I simply haven't had time or given it much thought. I realized this morning that, rather than shuddering the doors, I could offer you, dear readers, the weekly devotionals that I've been writing for the leadership team in our congregation.

This is the devotional from this week.

Last year I read a book about the universe written by some astrophysicists, and chapter 1 was all about just how big our universe is.

Here’s some scale: McDonald’s has sold more than 100 billion hamburgers over the years. If you laid 100 billion hamburgers side to side, you could circle the planet 216 times, and then use the leftovers to stack to the moon and back. 100 billion hamburgers.
Well, in our galaxy there are 300 billion stars. I don’t mean in the universe—just the Milky Way. And there are billions, maybe trillions, of galaxies like ours in the universe, all with their own hundreds of billions of stars. Translation: we can’t even understand how vast space is.
Now some people (including some of those astrophysicists) would say that, in a universe so incomprehensibly big, how could there possibly be a God who cares about our brief little lives on this tiny little speck called Earth? Our lives are obviously not that special, they say.
But I’m not sure those folks understand what “grace” means.
Because the things we believe about God, they’re not about anything you can measure: sizes and distances. They’re about grace: love that doesn’t make any sense, that reaches into our lives to pull us close. God doesn’t love us because we’re special. God loves us because God’s heartbeat is grace.
The Psalms understand just how tiny our lives are. “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have crowned them with glory and honor” (8:4-5). 
That “yet” in Psalm 8 tells us more about God than even the most gifted scientist ever could.
That “yet” is the heartbeat of God.
That “yet” is grace.
Do you ever stop to think about how vast our universe is? What does that tell you about the Creator who made it?
Or do you ever stop to think about God’s grace, the love that doesn’t make any sense? What does that tell you about God? 

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