I had been looking forward to heading up to Kedron all week. And it was a brilliant evening of hanging out with some very cool people. God was very gracious and let me share my testimony that I’d prepared. But that wasn’t before heading up the mountain in the dark with 60 odd teenagers. That was quite fun, despite the amplified humidity.
It was a little bit cloudy, so you couldn’t see many stars… but sitting on top of a huge mountain, surrounded by many flashes of lightning was pretty awesome. We sang some songs, and myself and another guy shared some moments of how God has been working in our lives. This is a little bit of what I shared…
When you’re a Christian, and you have committed your life to God, you have Him on your side, on your team. It’s a very cool thing. It’s a very reassuring thing too I think.
This is the kinda person you have on your team… this is from Isaiah chapter 40:
Who else has held the oceans in his hand?
Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?
Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
Look up into the night sky.
Who created all those stars?
He brings them out every night like an army, one after another, calling each by its name.
Because of God’s great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.
How powerful and amazing is that? When I think about that and look at all the stars above us, I can’t help but be filled with just sheer awe.
Wrap your heard around this:
The sun is our closest star right? That’s about 148 million kilometres away.
One of the next closest stars to earth is Alpha Centauri A. That’s about 40 trillion kilometres away. That distance is the same as nearly 1 billion laps of the earth.
Look up to the sky again. I don’t know where Alpha Centauri A is… but that’s the closest star. Check out how many are up there, and they’re all further away than 40 trillion kilometres.
These are the sorts of numbers that we struggle to get our head around. One billion laps of the earth… That’s just crazy.
And God just reaches out and measures them off with a handspan. That’s how big God is. That’s how amazing God is.
For me to sit here and try and understand all that, and then know that that’s the same God who knows every thought in my head, every little thing that makes me happy, that makes me sad, that frustrates me, every little annoyance at work… I mean, that’s pretty humbling isn’t it? For me, that just makes me want to fall to my knees. Cos He’s said that He loves me.
And He’s said that loves you too. And He always will.
That Isaiah verse had been floating around in my head… and I thought it would be cool to talk about it atop that awesome mountain looking at the stars. Pity we couldn’t see them cos of the clouds :)
Just as we were getting ready to start walking back down, it started absolutely pouring with rain! It was a little bit cold, but we walked back down in the rain and wind, still having a great time.
Now I’m looking forward to hanging out with all the Kedron leaders from July on Saturday night! We will be having a great time :)