Oct 25, 2003

"Stars" by David Crowder Band (from "Illuminate")

You should see the stars tonight
How they shimmer shine so bright
Against the black they look so white
Coming down from such a height
To reach me now
You reach me now

You should see the moon in flight
Cutting 'cross the misty night
Softly dancing in sunshine
Reflections of its light
Reach me now
You reach me now

And how could such a thing
Shine its light on me and make everything
Beautiful again

And you should feel the sun in spring
Coming out after a rain
Suddenly all is green
Sunshine on everything
I can feel it now
I feel You now

And you should hear the angels sing
All gathered 'round their King
More beautiful than you could dream
I've been quietly listening
You can hear 'em now
I hear them now

And how could such a King
Shine His light on me
And make everything

And I want to shine
I want to be light
I want to tell you
It'll be alright
Yeah, I want to shine
And I want to fly
Just to tell you now
It'll be alright
It'll be alright, yeah
It'll be alright

'Cause I've got nothing of my own
To give to you
But this light that shines on me
Shines on you
And makes everything
Beautiful, again

It'll be alright
It'll be alright

I went camping last night at Anastasia campground with a bunch of people from church. It was so fun. More than just fun, it was incredible to sit back and take in God's creation more than I usually do. We sat around the campfire and sang as many worship songs as we could come up with, accompanied by Jill on the guitar. In the middle of that, we shared times when we've seen something awesome about God's creation and what that has meant to us. We sat around singing till very late into the night. Afterwards, most everybody headed to bed. Erica, Chris, Forrest, and I chose to go out to the beach to see the stars. It was amazing. We laid out on the sand in the pitch black and stared up into the vast expanse, naming constellations and pointing out interesting stars (and flickering green asteroids that were surely headed for our destruction!). God is amazing. Just to think that He made all of creation for us to enjoy blows me away. We headed back to camp around 2:00 am. This morning Erica, Phyllis, Billy, and I woke up early and went back out to the beach to watch the sunrise and pray together. Talk about incredible! It was completely amazing to watch the transformation of the sky as the sun crept up over the horizon. The gray rain clouds that were off in the distance changed from gray to purple to red to orange, with ever changing shadows and reflections. The waves and ripples in the water relfected the sky from every direction, making part of a wave dark and part of it red and part of it white. It was a sea of colors. I guess I haven't watched the sun actually rise in a long time because it amazed me how fast the sun moves once it breaks over the horizon a little. I'd say it took from 30 to 45 seconds to go from not seeing the sun at all to seeing it in its entirety. It was awesome. The rest of our time at the campground today went well, also. It was fun just to have a day/night to get away from the "daily grind" of school and everything else. God is completely amazing and I'm so glad I got a chance to admire His creation a little this weekend.

Take time to look around.

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