While you can actually only see about 2500 stars in the night sky (the less ambient light the better), you are actually seeing nearly 20 quadrillion miles into space. According to EarthSky, the star Deneb is that far away. On a really dark night, from the right location, you might also see Eta Carina, which is 44 quadrillion miles away.
Any of that is a bit overwhelming. When you consider the estimates of 200 billion stars in our galaxy alone, the sense of being overwhelmed expands considerably. Space is beyond most of our imaginations.
In the early days of nuclear energy, students learned about atoms with neutrons, protons and electrons. That information is passé. The microscopes of today reveal a depth of complexity beyond the average imagination. Throw into the equation the plant and animal realms, and being overwhelmed by this information can be an understatement. There may be no word quite adequate to capture our response.
Or, we can step back and stop trying to understand the universe and merely marvel at it. We can accept the mystery it creates. We can avoid the unanswerable questions. And, instead, we can turn our attention to the One credited with making it all. We can, as the Psalmist suggests, turn to the Creator in worship and adoration. We can be drawn to His presence to acknowledge Him and what He has done.
That’s the best response—the response of worship. We can elevate the name of God and proclaim our adoration and admiration of Him. Then, and only then, are we ready to claim that we are ready to do His will…to hallow His name…to anticipate His kingdom to come.