I think most of us have those times where we feel the need to go outside on a starry night and look up at the heavens in wonder or awe of the greatness before us. During this time, I believe most of us share common thoughts on life, God, our troubles, our needs, or our desires. It’s a shame that most people have never truly had the opportunity to see the night sky in all its glory due to most of us living in the city where the city lights drown out the stars. I think if more people would be able to see the night sky as God intended, there would be much more reflection by everyone and much less hate, worries, and misunderstandings.
Creation declares the glory of God, and is a constant reminder of our place in the universe and of God. Unfortunately, living in the city, even with all its conveniences, we only ever see man’s creation: the lights, the concrete buildings, and streets. This, I believe, is a source of many of our troubles as we never get a chance to reset except by artificial means (like visiting a coffee shop) instead of resetting ourselves in nature. Natural vs the artificial. Vincent Van Gogh‘s The Starry Night is a beautiful piece that illustrates this.
The Milky Way is a beautiful site. If you have never seen it, you’ll be in awe the first time you do and that awe will never leave no matter how many times you see it. Seeing a shooting star is also a lovely experience, especially the longer they streak across the sky.
Looking up on starry night can be very therapeutic to one’s soul. It’s relaxing. It’s refreshing. It’s rejuvenating to the mind. Do the stars look different to someone else on another side of the world or even to your next door neighbor? I don’t know. Perception is unique to each of us, but the emotions we experience tend to be universal. Those of love, loneliness, despair, yearning, etc. I can imagine a man looking up at the night sky in the plains of Africa at times wonders the same things as a man in Nebraska. Are they both thinking of someone they love? Are they thinking of God? Are they reflecting on someone they miss? Or are they yearning for something more?
When they see a shooting star, do they wish for the same thing? I imagine most do. Our hearts tend to yearn for the same things and feel the same pains.
When was the last time you looked up on a starry night? What do you think Vincent Van Gogh was thinking about when he painted The Starry Night?