A few years back, we got hit by strong hurricane force winds in our area. The eye of the storm landed north of us, but the impact spanned several counties.
The power was out for two weeks in some neighborhoods, but God mercifully sent a cold front to Florida, and we opened our widows and let in the cool breeze. With nothing much to do at night, lots of folks ventured outside to their front yards to chat with the neighbors.
One of the best post-hurricane pastimes that ensued was star-gazing. With no lights in the big city, we spread beach blankets out on our lawns and laid down to look up at the heavens.
That’s when this city gal learned the secret — the darker the sky, the brighter the stars shine.
Maybe you are in the midst of a very dark and desperate season of your life. Perhaps you think your life has lost meaning, and that your dreams have died.
The truth is that our greater purpose is to be a bright light. Keep twinkling. Somebody who needs to get out of the darkness is watching.
Do everything without grumbling and arguing,
so that you may be blameless and pure,
children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation,
among whom you shine like stars in the world.
Hold firmly to the Message of Life.
Then I can boast in the day of Christ
that I didn’t run or labor for nothing.
Philippians 2:14-16 (HSCB)