On Monday morning something rather unusual happened. The planet mercury passed across the face of the sun, at least from the perspective of those of us living on the earth. I’m guessing that you probably didn’t see it live, as looking directly at the sun is pretty uncomfortable and potentially detrimental to your eyesight. Even if you did it would have been next to impossible to see it due to the brightness of the sunlight and the tininess of Mercury in relation to our nearest star. So…in case you missed it…here it is; “Mercury Transit Video”. That’s a time lapse of course, the entire trip across the sun’s face took more than seven hours. What really struck me was how small and seemingly insignificant mercury seemed relative to the vastness of the sun, but as I watched the video my eye was fixed on wherever the little speck was. That’s kind of like our relationship with our loving God. We all our wee little dust mites on a tiny little speck of a planet on the outer fringes of the universe, yet God never takes His eye off any of us. He’s always watching, always with us, always loving and caring. Yet, in spite of the hugeness of God from our perspective we continually look elsewhere, seemingly for everything, rather than fixing our eyes on Him. The God who created the universe…created EVERYTHING in it…desires above all things you, even though we are miniscule in relation to Him. He wants to be with you forever and has provided all that’s necessary for that to happen, even going as far as becoming one us; a teeny tiny speck of a being, and dying in our place. God originally created all things perfect, including all of us. He came into the world to recreate us again back into His own image, back to perfection. That will be totally complete when Jesus comes again to establish His eternal kingdom. All that has gone wrong will be made right and we who look to God, Jesus, for our eternal future will live with Him in that perfection forever. That’s amazing…amazing grace!
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009