During a recent heart to heart with God, underneath what appeared to be millions of his perfectly placed stars, I had an epiphany. Now, I know the Bible tells us we are more valuable to our Heavenly Father than the birds in the sky and the flowers in the field (Matthew 6: 26 and 30), but what if we are more valuable to Him than all the stars in the sky…and just think about how beautiful they are!
What is a star after all? A star is a luminous ball of gas, mostly hydrogen and helium, held together by its own gravity. Nuclear fusion reactions in its core support the star against gravity and produce photons and heat, as well as small amounts of heavier elements. (Source: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-resources/what-is-a-star/)
Surely humans, that is you and I, are far more complex with our DNA, proteins, amino acids and biochemical processes (you get the picture, right?). Surely we are more complex than all the stars in the sky. And I haven’t even scratched the surface of our complexity in terms of emotions and thoughts. And just imagine, the same God who placed every single star in the Heavens, also knows every single hair on your head, every single tear you have cried, every single laugh…He’s always there!
Do you ever wonder where stars go when we can’t see them? Now I know there is a scientific reason behind it (cloud cover, rotating and tilting axis of the earth and all), but let’s think about it. The stars are still there even though we can’t see them.
Guess what, God is still present even when you can’t see, hear or feel him. He does hear your prayers, and perhaps what we perceive as His silence is really Him at work in us for a greater purpose. This idea brings to mind Romans 5: 3-5 which declares “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with love.” (Life Application Study Bible NLT)
What if our struggles are shaping us to shine brightly like a star for God’s glory? No, I know it doesn’t make them any easier, but I do take some comfort in that thought. And guess what that is…HOPE!!!! For humans, we cannot enjoy the beauty of a star except through a vast distance. Perspective of our problems requires the same thing, except for us distance equals time. We cannot possibly see our growth from our struggles while we are in them; it takes time and perspective to see how God uses them to shine us up and refine our character. That is one reason why we should continue to be thankful in our trials, because we know that when we come through them, we will not be the same person as when we went into them. We can also be thankful for God’s enduring love and presence throughout the trails…he has personally promised me that He will never leave me and that the trials I face today I will not face forever…I feel the Hope rising up ya’ll! (Yes, I am from the south!)
Just as God created the stars in the heavens to shine for us, He also created us to shine for Him!