Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, Colossians 3:2 NRSV
Yesterday, we took our almost two-year-old grandson William to the Science Museum in Boston. As usual, driving and parking around Storrow Drive were exciting with honking horns, rude hand gestures, and colorful language (no, this wasn't me); however, once we got inside, we had a wonderful time. In the afternoon, we attended a show in the Planetarium with Big Bird from Sesame Street. Exhausted, William napped all the way home; Nana and Papa made it until bedtime but slept soundly.
The experience of driving in Cambridge is a good representation of our earthly lives. There are constant distractions with the news (real and fake) and notifications and badges crying for our attention from smartwatches, phones, tablets, and computers. The continual babble of inane messages flows from speakers in our doctor's offices, coffee shops, and gas pumps. All of these things are just background noise designed to keep us from what's meaningful, living lives directed by the messages that come from above.
Listening to Big Bird and his pals talking about the canopy overhead served as a reminder to look up. The infinite display of stars is a constant reminder of God's creation. The same God that guides us is the same God that created all the suns and planets that can be seen with the naked eye, those for which we need a telescope, and those not yet discovered. While we may feel insignificant compared to the vastness of the sky, God cares for each of us. He sent his only Son to prepare the way for us to join him.
Thank God of All for your Son, Jesus, who died for our sins, and the Holy Spirit, who guides us. Father, help us to ignore the daily distractions that keep us from remaining focused on you. Amen.