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A STARRY NIGHT

A STARRY NIGHT

by Hanna Bollinger

This blog originally appeared in Woven Beautiful.

The day was winding down and it was nearing my son’s bedtime. I gazed out the kitchen window and saw the city lights twinkling off in the distance. Then my gaze met a colorful bright light in the sky and at first I thought it was just an airplane. But then I paused and looked closer, realizing it was a star – a beautiful star dancing in colors of red, blue, and green. It glistened near the same spot where I encounter some of the most beautiful sunrises.

I was mesmerized by the star.

I stood still, peering out the kitchen window and for a moment everything else faded away. I half wondered if I was just thinking I was seeing colors; it had been a long day after all.

My husband rolled by and wondered what was captivating my attention, and I asked him if stars twinkle in colors because I had never seen a star like this before. He took a peek and also commented on its beauty.

And then I remembered that our son got binoculars for Christmas which meant I could glimpse a closer look. The up close view confirmed the rapid bursts of red, blue, and green. I stepped outside to admire the ball of light shining in the dark. The night sky was painted with a sea of stars glistening white, but that colorful star was the grandest and brightest.

After tucking my son in for the night, I googled info on stars. I read about how what I saw could have been one of the bright stars like Sirius (or one of the others), and about how twinkling is a result of moving air pockets in the atmosphere. And I read about how when a star is near the horizon, like the one I saw, twinkling is more noticeable and refraction is strong enough to make the star appear as flashes of different colors.

The point…

We have an amazing Creator and the stars are just a tiny sliver of His creation. Genesis Chapter 1 verse 16 says God created the stars.

The Bible also says God knows how many stars there are and get this – He knows each one by name! Just do a google search for how many stars are in the universe if you want to be wowed further. If God cares this much about the stars, just think how much more He cares about us. We are the pinnacle of His creation.

God’s love is so deep and wide.

And I choose to believe that He was whispering His love to me on this starry evening, because discouragement was bubbling up in me and I needed to be refreshed with the truth that God is in control and that He is near to us through the joys and sorrows.

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. ~ Psalm 147:3-5 (NKJV)

Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. ~ Isaiah 40:26-29 (NLT)

The star was beautiful. I believe God placed it in the sky. I believe He is in control. I believe He loves us greatly. I believe He knows just what we need. I believe it all through faith.

And so…

On a starry night, I found strength in the One who creates and names each star.

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