The other day I was in a situation where I had to get up and talk in front of a bunch of important people and I was a teensy bit nervous. My heart started pounding, my armpits started sweating and I suddenly felt like getting up and running out of the room. I closed my eyes and prayed for peace. As I did, I thought about my husband…and Jupiter. (Yes, the planet.)
If you’ve ever looked up into the night sky and seen a very bright star, it was probably not really a star but the planet Jupiter. (or maybe Venus). At first, it seems just like a small twinkling light in the dark night sky. But did you know that Jupiter is actually so big that 1,321 Earths could fit into Jupiter and about 3 Earths could fit into Jupiter’s Great Red Spot?
It’s big. MUCH bigger than me and much bigger than the people I was going to be talking in front of. So I thought about Jupiter and about the Milky Way and all the bizzillions and zillions of stars and the infinite universe and then, of course following the natural thought process, I thought of God. And then I had to stop thinking and pay attention. 🙂 I was at peace remembering that no matter how important my life is and what I am doing is, God is INFINITELY huger and bigger than me or anything I am working on. I’m so glad HE is in charge, not me. And I need to remember that more often.
My husband has recently taken up photography as a hobby and more specifially astrophotography. He and I have always loved staring up into the night sky and imaging what lies beyond. With his super awesome photos & super awesome telescope, we are able to get a little closer look and it both amazes me and baffles me all at the same time. But when I start to feel all high and mighty or even scared about the tasks God asks of me, I look at his pictures or stare up at Jupiter and remember that I am but a mere speck.
Here are some of my husband’s recent favorites I’d like to share. Click on the picture to read more about it.