“It is the LORD who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night” (Jeremiah 31:35a, NLT).

English: Pleiades Star Cluster

English: Pleiades Star Cluster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you live anywhere near a city, ambient light makes it difficult to see any stars except the brightest ones. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and spend a few days at a wildlife preserve. One night we sat outside on the edge of a plateau overlooking a huge valley, listening to the night sounds, including elephants roaring as they foraged for food. We couldn’t see the elephants but we could see more stars than I’ve ever seen in my life. The blackness of the night sky was almost lost against their brightness.

The sun, moon, stars and everything beyond our atmosphere have always been a source of fascination to us. We want to know what’s out there, spending vast resources to study, gather data and even travel as far as we can. Science fiction stories of space exploration are still popular (I love Star Trek). But only God knows the secrets of the universe and only he can go where no one has gone before. He placed those wonderful stars, planets and galaxies beyond our reach and the mysteries of the heavenly bodies are his to keep. It’s exciting to think one day he may share those secrets with us.