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“The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. Day and night they keep on telling about God” (Psalm 19:1-2).

Tender grass bursts from the earth. Glimmering beetles scurry up to lily pinnacles and raise their antennae. My favorite gnarled oak ascends from a velvety ring of petunias. Its branches wield leafy poufs as live, rain-guzzling, sun-swallowing pom-poms.

Meanwhile, a masterpiece rolls overhead.

Coral rays claim the heavens, staking dawn’s entry. Glorious brilliance floods the earth with awesome energy, both life-sustaining  and requiring the respect rather than scrutiny of mortal eyes. The light reigns undaunted, despite the morphing hues of its backdrop and fleeting clouds to veil its position. Ten thousand bird species laud the majesty in song and aerial dance. Crimson explodes across the skies as the sun descends to meet the edge of our perspective. The world blackens against a fabulous gleam of twilight. Predators crawl out into the shadows, anticipating easy prey in the sun’s absence. The light never abandons us. A silver orb rises against the darkness to reflect the sun’s continued presence. Crickets and cicadas praise its faithfulness. It continues to guide and shine upon us in this new form as we hope for the new dawn.

Before a single word of Scripture inked the ancient papyrus, God authored creation as a living testament. The Bible anoints modern Christians with immeasurable benefits and deepens our understanding of God, but He foresaw those without access to the written word. The Father did not leave anyone bereft of His message. Creation’s magnificent design proves His sovereignty. He reveals Himself and His attention to us in the artistic, majestic, and whimsical elements of nature. The progress of each day reflects the gospel, a Son who remains with us and bestows His life upon us that we might represent Him to the world.

As we continue to cherish Scripture, let us also remain aware of its earliest writing–God’s love letter crafted upon the world around us. The story nature has read aloud since the dawn of creation.

“Are you important?” The pharmacist locked eyes with me.

Taken off-guard by the question, I fumbled for a response. 

“You look like you’re important,” he said.

“Well, everybody’s just as important as everyone else,” I managed to say. “I’m sure I’m no more important than you are.”

“Well, that’s a good attitude.” The pharmacist proceeded to prepare my arm for a vaccination. “I won’t go on telling you you look like a movie star, then.”

Though I complemented his painless technique and kept conversation polite, a twinge of regret hit me over the missed opportunity. I should have added “in God’s eyes” to my statement of universal significance.

In this world, I harbor no delusions of movie star status. My computer screen reads 9:30PM. I just finished cleaning the kitchen and folding laundry. Earlier, I answered business emails, filed paperwork, ran errands, and managed social media. Hollywood icons have others do those tasks. They also don’t chase pregnant flies around the house before sitting down to dinner, but that’s another story…

Let it suffice to say I’m not at risk of paparazzi stalkings or a fan mob crushing. I’m not well known by earthly standards.

To the One Who made the stars, however, I’m known well. In God’s eyes, the status of my importance skyrockets. I have no light of my own with which to shine, but through my intimate relationship with His Son, I become more than a star.

“You may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).

If anyone ever asks me about my importance again, I’ll know how to respond. “I’m not a movie star,” I’ll say, “but I am a star. Would you like to be one, too?”

Christ thinks you’re so important, He’d give His life up just for you. Every day of your life, the glorious Son sends His Spirit to pursue your affections. Relentless in love and passion for you, He daily seeks a deeper connection with your heart.

What will you say if someone asks whether you’re important?

Leaning against his favorite tree, Abraham swept the hair back from his son’s eyes. He pointed to the inky sky. “See those stars, Isaac?”

“Mama says other nations worship them.”

“Yes. Some even think they predict the future.”

The lights twinkled in Isaac’s deep brown irises. “But, we don’t believe that.”

Abraham smiled. “We worship the One Who created those stars, sun and moon, and Who whispered the light into them. Only He knows the future.”

Millennia of astral deaths and discoveries after Abraham explained Creation to his son, the world continues to misconstrue its sources of light and truth. Countless souls attempt to divine their futures from the stars. Others believe the sun’s warmth encouraged the genesis of life on our planet. Those who seek energy and truth from created things remain unfulfilled, desperately lost whether they know it or not.

God created light to draw us toward understanding Him. Physical light symbolizes the illumination and vitalizing power of His Spirit. He set the sun, moon, and stars to orchestrate our lives around His warmth and wisdom. He never intended physical light to receive worship, but to point us instead to the true center of life.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).

Jesus defined Himself as the source of eternal light, life, and truth, distinguishable from created things. Just as God set the heavenly bodies in the skies to remind us of Him, He also encourages us to reflect His character. 

“You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

We serve as His image bearers, reflecting the light of Christ to the dark, lost world around us. Though some will fail to understand its message, He urges us to shine with all the brilliance of His love, truth, and grace. In the spiritual universe, He has set us as the stars, moon, and sun. Where we fail to convey His light, a perilous chill befalls the earth. 

How you reflect His light could shimmer in the eyes of children not yet born. Consider how and where the Creator purposed you to shine.

Rain or Shine.

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