Friday, June 08, 2007

Another page from the summer devotional

This is from the category called "Down at the Station."

May 24

"Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power: not one faileth." (Isaiah 40:26)

Today we are going to visit a very famous train station in New York City. Most people call it Grand Central Station, but its name has been Grand Central Terminal since 1913. There are many, many interesting things about Grand Central Terminal, but today we are going to think about just one thing -- a ceiling!

The center of Grand Central Terminal, where many people come and go each day, is called the Main Concourse. This is where the ticket booths and machines are, as well as an information booth with a four-sided clock on top. But the ceiling of the Main Concourse is something special. It was painted to look like the night sky. This was done in 1912 by a French artist named Paul Helleu. The painting covers the whole ceiling and is said to show 2500 stars, including constellations like Orion. Strangely, the sky and the constellations look backward. A lot of people think that the artist made a mistake as he painted them.

Our verse reminds us that God is the One who made the real stars and constellations, and that He is all-powerful. He created the stars, and He is the One who brings them out each night. He is the One who gave the stars their names. When He calls them to come out, they all come. None of them are missing. On the ceiling in Grand Central Terminal, the stars and constellations do not look just right. But in the real night sky, they will always look perfect, because God is the One who put them there. And He never makes mistakes!

* Praise God for His mighty power in creation. Praise Him for making the stars and constellations. Thank Him that He never makes mistakes, and that everything He does is perfect.

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