Under the Stars

Each of my seven days was spent in the shade of my pup-tent, sleeping away the heat, waiting for the evening coolness to fall across the Death Valley. The hottest times of the day are between ten in the morning and four in the evening.

The times I can only guess at as I didn’t have my pocket watch with me.

My nights and early morning were spent enjoying the solitude of being alone and having plenty of time to reflect. And every night I was allowed to look into the dark skies above me and simply stare at all the stars in this vast universe.

As a lay back and stared at the Milky Way, I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 147:4 which reads, “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”

That’s like me trying to count each piece of sand I was laying on.

It also caused me to think about Jeremiah 1:5, which says in part: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”

It’s overwhelming when you realize that not only does he know each star, He knows you and me too.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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