The Orion constellation is high in the Winter months for us in the Northern Hemisphere. Even without a telescope the night sky shows the Seven Sisters (the Pleiades) setting in the Western sky with Orion much higher and following it. Both are mentioned in Scripture. It seems that the Lord uses them as particular signposts of the work of His hands. A binocular view of the central three stars (called the “Belt of Orion”) shows a beautiful open cluster of stars. The sketch below shows the area with an inexpensive 8×56 binocular. Take a peek at the sketch and, if you have a set of binoculars, see if you can find the meandering lines of stars that make a giant “S” around the Belt. In case you are comparing to the sketch, note that up/down is reversed on the sketch because I was using a reflecting mirror.
In a larger view the repeating night sky is like a reminder of something firmer than us. The skies, according to Psalm 19, declare God’s glory. So what is that? It’s pretty firm. The creation of the universe occurred on His command. According to Hebrews 1:3, He is also the sustainer of the universe. Do you have a sense of that kind of “firm” God?
Some folks rush to bury themselves in activity for a reason to live; some put family as the foundation, but they die off eventually, too. Some put health high on the list, but that eventually fails for the even the healthiest. Of course, one can get lost in the digital world and tantalize the senses or text until your fingers wear out. Is any of this very firm? Most of those things are like slippery slopes that give an illusion of life but never satisfy the inner heart. And even if you could do what you wanted without limit, you would find that it had already been done by Ecclesiastes. His conclusions are even written in the the book by his name. He found that the results were fruitless.
The repeating views of parts of the celestial sky at night reminds us that our puny efforts to make things firm and sure by our own effort do not amount to much. Rather, it would be better for us to reach to the One who made us–same Guy that made the heavens, same Guy that calls us to reach out to Him, same Guy that says He will reveal Himself to the one who will reach out to Him. It is a whole lot better choice than a slippery slope to nowhere that never really solves heart problems anyway.
I am older now. I just took a minute to hug my wife of 40+ years. Some would think that is pretty firm stuff (love that lasts). What makes it special for us is that we have become acquainted with our God. He touched each of us when we were younger and reached out to Him. If you don’t know that kind of firm foundation, even a long marriage lacks a lasting foundation. So why don’t you consider changing directions if nothing is really definite in your life? This is another way of saying “repent.” Choose Him instead of your way. Change the course from the slippery slope to a Firm Foundation.
The next time you look at the heavens at night, remember that I told you that they are full of wonderful signposts. They all say the same thing: reach out to Jesus Christ. Choose His way instead of your own. You won’t regret it.