Written in the Sky

Psalm 19 breathes with wonders that my camera cannot begin to capture. The sheer enormity of the skies boggles my finite mind.

Needless to say, terms like sovereignty and providence bounce around in my head, so I relish the Scriptures and other writers who have grappled with these big ideas. Jerry Bridges writesI define God’s providence as ‘His constant care for and absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people.'” So I breathe these ideas into a prayer for a family who said an earthly goodbye today to Faye Parkinson. This afternoon they believe, in the midst of their grief, another Bridges’ thought: “God, in His love, always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty, He has the power to bring it about.” The Psalmist proclaims.

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.

There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard.

When death comes to a loved one, Paul writes “but we do not grieve as those who have no hope.” How do we finite creatures gain a bit of heavenly perspective as we grieve? Always practical, Bridges says this: “We must see our circumstances through God’s love instead of, as we are prone to do, seeing God’s love through our circumstances. I rejoice in Faye’s safe arrival home and in her family’s eternal perspective.

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