July 30, 2020

This morning, when I took out the dogs, we stepped into the darkness of the night and I looked up.  The sky was absolutely filled with beautiful bright stars set against the blackness of the night.  It was a breathtaking scene.  This got me thinking.

The problem with stars is that I only see them at night.  It doesn’t mean they aren’t there.  They are always shining  but during the day, the sun, which is a star, outshines all the others, making them impossible to see.  Sometimes clouds obscure their presence, still, they are always there.   This is where the stars and God have something in common.

Much like I know the stars are always twinkling in the sky, even when I cannot see them, I know that God is always here, even though there are times I cannot see evidence of God’s presence.

I hope you are in a wonderful place in life, but for some, this is not the case.  Many are worried because the coronavirus has attacked the world, ended countless lives, and is only getting worse.  Many are worried because our politicians are busy fighting amongst themselves instead of helping our country through this terrible event.  Many are worried about how they are going to pay the rent, buy food, or make a car payment.  Many are worried about loved ones they cannot visit in the nursing home.  Many are worried because they have lost their health insurance coverage when they need it most.  Many are worried about sending their children to school.  The list of worries goes on and on…..

Is God present in the midst of all this pain, suffering, worry, and angst?  You bet.  Like the stars, God is always here, always working, always offering hope in the midst of the storms of life.  All God asks is that we have faith and know he is here.

The theme of the 40th chapter of Isaiah is God’s people are comforted.  It says:  “Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these?  He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.”  (Isaiah 40:26)

When the storms of life obscure your vision of God, just know God’s here. God will never leave or desert you.  God loves you too much to let that happen.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I feel isolated and alone, remind me, that much like the ever-present stars in the sky, you are always with me.  Give me hope, wisdom, and compassion.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Today the brightness of the sun will make it look as if the stars are not there.  Tonight, they will shine again, reminding us of their presence.  That’s a good thing.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins