“Encouraging Words Today”   December 6, 2010


by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

 News Flash! There are 3 times MORE stars in the universe than we originally thought! Yes, I know this has been a burning question for you during the busy holiday season so let me give you the exact number. As of a few days ago, scientists have confirmed 300 SEXTILLION stars. In case you can’t wrap your head around that number, let me break it down for you — 3 trillion times 100 billion.

That’s a lot of stars.

 When I read this news report I was immediately reminded of Psalm 147.4 “God determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” As I was further pondering this, I came across a quote from an esteemed Harvard astrophysicist Charlie Conroy – “So the number of stars in the universe is equal to all the cells in the humans on Earth — a kind of funny coincidence.”

Far be it for me to challenge a Harvard astrophysicist, but, EXCUSE ME, there are no coincidences with God the Creator of the Universe! He promised in Genesis 26.4 to make “descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky… all nations on earth will be blessed.”

 I may only be one of 300 sextillion, but God knows my name — and yours. In my Advent devotion today, written by good friend Jennifer Kennedy Dean, I read a prayer to this Creator:

“Your creation is so vast that only now have we begun to get a dim glimpse of its expanse — universes and planets and suns and moons and stars beyond the ones we inhabit, and others no doubt yet undiscovered.  You, the Eternal Word, created everything just by voicing. Of all creation, You formed a single planet and designed it to be the cradle for Your incarnation… You, Creator and Ruler of all the universe, entered Your creation incognito. Who would have recognized the In-the-Beginning God in the form of a little baby lying in a feeding trough on a bed of hay in a lowly stable in a little village in a little country on a little planet?”

 As you ponder both the magnificent and the mundane during this Holy Season, may you remember that God is Sovereign – He is in control of all the big and little of our lives. And He calls each one of us By Name.

“I was created through You and for You. In all the universe and all the range of time and space, You strategically created me and assigned me a role in Your redemption story. Every cell of my body is Your creation and Yours to command. Help me reveal You. I am Your slave. May it be done to me according to Your Word. Amen.” 

 (from “Pursuing the Christ” by Jennifer Kennedy Dean)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

under the mercy, Cindy

©2010 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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2 Responses to COUNTING STARS…

  1. Maggie says:

    What a great post, Cindy. Like millions before me, I am fascinated with the stars. I love the fact that God knows them all by name just as He knows us.

  2. Carla Gade says:

    That is amazing! I love learning more about God’s glorious creation…and imagine, we are part of it! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

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