"Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3 (NIV)
One of my favorite memories as a child was when my dad would take us outside at night and we would look to the heavens. He taught us how to find the Big Dipper and how to appreciate the wonder of the nighttime sky. I remember looking up into the sky and thinking that those stars were shining just for me. The other evening, I had that same feeling. I looked up to the sky and saw stars that were flickering and those that shined brightly.
That moment made me reflect on the type of star "I" am. Am I a star that flickers or do I shine brightly? There are many references in the Bible that compare our Christian behavior to that of a bright star. I want to be the star that shines brightly among the heavens, but I have to admit that many times, I am a flickering star.
Each day I wake up with the determination that my light will shine brightly for my Savior, Jesus. Yet, by the end of the day, my greatest determinations fall short. There are opportunities for me to say more about Jesus than I do. There are moments for prayer that I miss. There are times for repentance that I gloss over. Yes, although I want my star to shine, it many times flickers. Can you relate? Do you have moments that go from shining star to flickering star? What are we to do?
We begin at the place where we shine brightest, in the word of God. May we turn to God's word to find out how we can become like "those who are wise will shine like the brightness of heaven." When we find ourselves in God's word, we fully understand the greatness of God's love, His divine Holy Spirit, and the forgiveness that Jesus provides. Deeply immersing ourselves in the richness of God's word will create a shining star in us so great that it won't have time to flicker.
We can also worship with each other in grand fellowship. Sharing our gaps with each other and building each other up can send us into the world with great brightness. Let us not forget the power of prayer. Talking to Jesus can send my heart soaring - knowing that He is listening just to me!! Can't help but be excited when I know I have his total attention (and He has MY attention). Together, we ignite a shining star so bright it's hard to flicker.
So when we feel like our star isn't shining as brightly as it could, help us to dive into the Word, link arms in fellowship and fold hands in prayer. When we pursue the immense power of God and His love, our star won't flicker and fade. It will persevere and grow stronger in light. Remember, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine; Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine."
Heavenly Father, so many times I want to be the Shining Star for you. Yet, I know my thoughts and deeds fall short to a small flickering star. Please guide me to gain the light that only YOU can give to me. Fill me up, Jesus, so my star shines brighter than ever before - each and every day. Provide to me your everlasting love. In your glorious name I pray, Amen!