By Omar Rojas
Do you ever have those awe-striking moments, you know, the kind which get you no matter how many times you experience the same thing?
For me, one of the most captivating moments is pausing to stare at the night’s sky. It is quite easy to overlook the natural bright lights as a city dweller since we are constantly surrounded by artificial lighting. Next time you are outside at night, take a moment to look up at the endless space of darkness and how these countless stars stand out. It is truly a glorious sight!
The bright lights of the universe are incomparable. These stars are suspended over nothing and are held by their own gravitational force. They are beastly. Think of the sun, a massive plasma giant of solar flares and eruptions (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpzCSZ7Eerc), if Earth was any closer all life would be roasted. The lullaby “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is laughable when you consider the magnitude of a star’s explosiveness!
Another trait that captivates me is their ability to shine past darkness. Consider Polaris (aka North Star), a star that is about 430 light years away from Earth yet visible to the human eye. Let me break this down further. A light year is the distance light travels in a year, which is 6 trillion years. Now 430 light years multiplied by 6 trillion…my calculator cannot grasp that! This is exactly what astonishes me. The light you see tonight by Polaris is 430 light years old. In essence, you are looking into the past. You are looking at light that has traveled so far while remaining unsuppressed by darkness. Now, suppose the star died last month. We wouldn’t even be aware of it in our lifetime and neither the generations after us! Isn’t that powerful?
I don’t know if this moves you but this is where I dare ask:
Can we be suspended in triumph? Can we pierce darkness with such fervency and passion?
Walk with purpose. There are sins to overcome. Do not give into temptation and let sin come and steal your purpose. Your life is yet to be lived in the fullness and goodness of God. Perhaps there may be insecurities to be speared. The Holy Spirit empowers you. Give God His rightful place in your life. My desire is that the beauty of God’s grace shines past the dimming moment of your life, there on that deathbed, that the spirit of your testimony does not die with you but lives on to impact future generations as well. How much are we willing to surrender to the light of this world, our Lord Jesus Christ?
Our Father has called us to be bright lights.
“Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (Phil. 2:15).
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