Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Cloudless Star-Strewn Night Sky

October 21, 2010 by  
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“‘Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever” (Daniel 12:3 The Message).

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;” (Matthew 5:14 NASB).

Light of the world. What an incredible honor and challenge be assigned! That assignment seems much too difficult for me—just a regular old person living in the world with a small circle of influence. I am so busy with everyday living of my life that stepping up to this role is just out of the realm of possibilities for me, it would seem.

I can remember decades ago camping with my Girl Scout troop at the Pumunkey Indian Reservation. We were in the middle of nowhere and the sky seemed so vast. I can still remember what I perceived to be “layers” of stars and thinking I was seeing into the next universe because the stars just went on and on, higher and higher into the night sky. I felt at the same time very small and very safe. The world made sense that night.

This verse from Matthew has more significance than we might think at first. Some of the eminent Rabbis of the day were referred to as lights of the world and lamps of the universe. It was a reference that was made not because of the holy commission the Jews believed the Rabbis had been assigned, but rather because they had elevated their religious leaders to a level that was almost equal to the Christ, who was to come. The Rabbis apparently didn’t discourage being held in such esteem, either.

This is important to know because Jesus wasn’t speaking to the learned, educated and those highly regarded. He was speaking to fishermen and craftsmen, farmers and sheep herders, beggars and prostitutes, tax collectors and ordinary people like you and me. He didn’t tell them they could become lights. He told them, “You are the light of the world.” That’s present tense.

He’s talking to us in the here and now as well. We are the light of world, not because of what or who we know or what or how much we have achieved. We are the light of the world because The Light is within us. Our light is like the tiny pin-prick of light on a deep dark canvas and Christ’s light is the sun—big and bright enough to heat our planet. He is the sun. We are the stars. If even one star fails to shine in the night, navigators could lose their way; the seasons might not change in perfect time.

Each and every star is part of the divinely planned universe God breathed into existence. We shine by how we live our lives. We are reflectors of The Light. Because we know the origin of the One True light, we are unafraid to illuminate our own little corner of the universe.

My prayer today is that you live wisely and well so you may shine brilliantly. And that you remember to give the glory to the One True Light of the world.

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