Stars

Stars

My son was young, and on his first excursion out into the dark. Not wanting
to show his fear, he said, “I’ll hold your hand Mummy, so you won’t be
scared of the dark.” I took his hand and we went away from the lights of the
house, and looked up into the sky. That night my son got his first glimpse
at the enormity of the universe beyond our earth.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I cannot conceive how a man could look up into
the heavens and say there is no God.”

As I wondered, yet again, about those mysterious lights in the sky, it
reminded me of an old song I used to sing in Sunday School that said, “All
things bright and beautiful…..the Lord God made them all.”

An encyclopaedia definition states that, ‘A star is a large ball of hot
gas, thousands to millions of kilometres in diameter, emitting large amounts
of radiant energy from nuclear reactions in its interiors.’ Also that,
‘Stars differ fundamentally from planets in that they are self luminous,
whereas planets shine by reflected light.’

I thought maybe the Scriptures had it wrong when it implores us to, ‘Shine
like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.’ Surely we
should be more like planets and reflect Christ?

To a certain extent, of course we do, but how much more effective is that
light, if it comes from the radiant energy of a life that has had a ‘nuclear
reaction in its centre?’ When Christ comes into our life as Saviour and
Lord, there is definitely an internal reaction!

We read of Moses, “He was not aware that his face was radiant, because he
had spoken with the Lord.”

If we spend time in the company of Jesus, nothing should be able to hide
the evidence.

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