[Ursa Major and God’s Word]
I have this sort of a personal ritual or tradition or a perk, call it whatever you wish. Whenever the sky is clear at night and I am outside, I have to find the Ursa Major (aka “Big Dipper”) constellation.
When I am not in Kyiv, it is easy. I remember the sky in Heise, Idaho. My friends and I went out camping for a couple of days and one night we went outside, laid on the ground (it was in August and the ground was not cold), and stared at stars. All I could think of was the line from Psalm 19: “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.”
In Kyiv it is not so easy. There is too much artificial lightning at night. On one hand, that is good because it’s not safe to be in the dark after the sun goes down. On the other hand, the bounty of artificial lights attempts to take away the feeling of awe before the amazing sky. Most of the people don’t even look up and I get stares every so often when I am walking and looking up at the stars at the same time.
Today, as I got off the bus on my way home from Church, I looked up out of habit and just stood in place, stunned.
You know how the Big Dipper looks like, right?
What I saw (or thought I saw) was different.
It appeared as though the star (Megrez) that unites the “handle” and the actual “dipper,” has moved. Moved diagonally so that the “dipper” part became bigger. I didn’t believe my eyes.
WHAT? The Big Dipper has changed?
Then I walked a few more steps into a darker part of the street and stole another glance. It made me sigh with relief – I saw that the “star” I thought I saw was moving. It was a satellite. And from that darker place of the street I could see the Megrez on its rightful spot.
I grinned and continued my walk.
Sky and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
Matthew 24:35, the Amplified Bible
The Big Dipper is a constant for me. It has been there long before I was born and I think will continue shining long after I will be gone home. That consistency is the reason why I stood shocked on the sidewalk, thinking that the constellation just couldn’t change like that.
God’s Word (or Jesus’ words) is like that Big Dipper. Long before we were born, they were. “In the beginning was the Word,” says John.
Sometimes we think “Oh, something has changed. We live in a new world, XXI century; everything is different, so perhaps God’s Word has changed as well.”
It is sometimes hard to distinguish between a star and a satellite. They are both tiny and bright, they are both way up high. I made a mistake of thinking that something went seriously wrong with my favorite constellation. However, the satellite moves as the star remains constant. The satellite was manmade and maybe would work for 5 years. The stars have been there for millions of years.
The point today for me is that God’s Word is constant. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And that is a good thing because I know that I can rely on Him and He won’t break or stop working or become cosmic trash.
And there are still two commandments that He told us matter. Love God with everything you have and are and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
God’s word shall never pass away.