On a clear night, when you see all of those stars, it sort of takes your breath away, doesn’t it? And to think that we can see only a very, very small number of the stars that are actually there. Just in our own galaxy (the Milky Way) where the earth and solar system are located, scientists estimate that there are about ten billion stars. And the Milky Way is an average-sized galaxy in a universe that contains hundreds of millions of galaxies. Wow! We cannot understand all of this, but it shows us how great and expansive and powerful God is—he made this universe simply by speaking it into existence. Yes, the heavens surely do tell us of the glory of God. His power and wisdom and beauty and greatness—indeed, his Godness—are all seen through what he has made. – Bruce Ware, Big Truths for Young Hearts
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
If asked what my favorite thing to do was, I would immediately reply, Coordinating Events. There is nothing I enjoy more than the (at times daunting) task planning an event. If I did not have a firm conviction about the importance & priority of the local church, my full-time job would be an event planner and wedding coordinator. But, most events happen on the weekend and I’d rather be with the people I love the most (Sovereign Grace Church) than doing my dream job. However, God has graciously allowed me to do both. I have the awesome privilege of working for the church that I love! A big part of that job is coordinating any event that the church puts on. Anything from our Newcomer’s Luncheons to our church-wide Winter Wonderland event (Christmas & Ice Skating Party). Another thing I love is details. And when it comes to events, my desire is for everything to come together and flow together well. So, you’d find that the tablecloths will match the plates. You’ll often find matching streamers and balloons. If there is a theme, all the decorations reflect that theme (and you’ll find them in the bathroom too). The bathrooms and floors are clean. Trash is lying on the floor. Everything is straight and in order. Most times, there is music in the background. Everything that we can think of to make an event an experience is done.
“Okay, Jessica, we know that you’re detail oriented, but why so much effort, why so much detail? Does it really matter? Does it really affect things that much?”
Yes and No. No, in one sense it doesn’t matter. You can bless people without matching plates and napkins and music in the background. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if the floors are clean and the bathroom is spotless. Those things are not of first importance. They are not the priority. The priority is simple…Are people blessed? Is God glorified? As long as that happens, it doesn’t matter what things look like.
Our event team has a motto. As we are planning an event you will often hear the phrase “Wow people with the gospel.” That is a sole goal. When someone leaves an event, we want them to feel cared for. We want them to feel blessed. We want them to experience God’s love and specific care for them. If that happens, the event was a success. We want people to walk away more in awe of the Savior that we serve.
And though music, balloons, and order do not ultimately matter, they convey a level of care and thoughtfulness that nothing else does. When the conffetti on the table matches the tablecloths, balloons, and every other decoration in the room, it’s apparent that someone has thought through this event. It’s apparent that hours of planning and preparation has happened. This “feast for the senses” has blown you off your feet and you now have a context to fellowship and serve that brings much excitement and joy to your heart. You walk away grateful to God for the hundreds of ways that you felt cared for that evening.
Yes, that can happen without the extra frills, but I think that “extra frills” and that attention to detail do communicate an extra level of care. And that is where the quote above comes ties in. God could have just created our solar system. There was not any need for literally countless galaxies (many that we will never know about) to be created. There is no need for that much detail. But, it displays the awesome magnitude and splendor of our God. It shows us how great and how other He is from us. And it shows His love for us. Not only is it a reminder of His greatness, but there is always something for us to explore and discover. We’ll never reach the limit of space discovery. And that is a kindness from God. We could have only our solar system to explore. But, God created a vast array of galaxies, stars, planets, meteors, moons, and solar systems to explore. They display His glory in a special way.
And my desire is to display His glory to my church family in a special way. Detail can have (as long as it’s not in excess) a unique way of blessing others and in turn glorifying God. No event will ever be perfect. No event will ever look just right. There will always be problems or things to improve upon. But, as long as people walk away blessed, more aware of their Savior’s love (the gospel), and in awe of God; than we did our job and the event is a huge success (even when the decorations won’t stay on the walls!). :D
Picture above is from NASA.
Omega Centauri-NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope snapped this panoramic view of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of a giant star cluster. This is one of the first images taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3 that was installed aboard Hubble in May 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, which can snap sharp images over a broad range of wavelengths. Image Credit: NASA