Wednesday, July 22, 2009

These Stars

So, I've been digging in pretty deep theologically these days: "The Jesus Storybook Bible."

Deep, I know.

Actually, it is.

I've never seen stories about God, and those who were tangled up in some of the same problems we have today, told so simply, yet so beautifully.

This picture overlooking our city and its stars reminds me of Abraham, particularly the way Ms. Sally Lloyd-Jones unfolds it in this sweet children's bible: (click to see it better)

"And as they sat there on the mountaintop, watching the embers of the fire die in the cool night air, the stars above them sparkling in the velvet sky, God helped Abraham and Isaac understand something. God wanted his people to live, not die. God wanted to rescue his people, not punish them. But they must trust him."

It's neat to think about looking up at the very stars that Abraham gazed at so long ago. The same stars God told him to try and count...and when Abraham couldn't, God must have giggled a little and then told him that He would give him that many descendants, and more!

I love that even so many years ago on that mountaintop with Abraham, underneath these very stars, God knew all about us--what you would be doing this very moment, what I'd be thinking about, the deepest ache in your heart, and the strongest joy in mine.

Is it just me, or does that make you smile, too?

Peace of Christ to you,

P.S. Really, go get that storybook bible...even if you don't have any kids. It's amazing!