Genesis 1:16 — He also made the stars. (NIV)

Psalm 147:4 — He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. (NIV)

Stars are amazing.  Their light travels great distances to shine in the dark canvas of the night.  I have two memories that stick out with regards to stars.

I remember living in the corn fields of Illinois as I pastored my first church and being able to see so many stars at night.  We weren’t very close to major cities and the light of the stars wasn’t drowned out by the street lights.  You could see so many stars.

I remember being on a mission trip to Haiti in 1996.  There was even less ambient light in the town of Grand Goave.  The sheer number of stars was overwhelming.  The sky actually glowed a beautiful shade of turquoise as you stared into the night.  It was so clear that I could literally see satellites tracking across the sky.

Now I live near Chicago and the sky glows a different color because of the great number of street lights that surround us.  But even on a clear night, I can still see a bunch of those stars that God put into the universe.

When you think about stars for a moment you cannot help but be awe-inspired.  As little children we sing a song about how they twinkle.  Scientists look through giant telescopes to see how they burn and change over time.  Stars are as impressive as they are numerous.

Paul wrote to the Philippians (2:15, NIV) that they were to “shine like stars in the universe”.  This world is a dark place.  It is as dark as night.  Christ’s followers are to shine His light like burning stars.  We who shine like stars serve as a guide as one star once did for the Magi on their way to Bethlehem.  Just as that star guided those first seekers to the Messiah, may we who call on the name of the Lord shine in this dark world and lead others to Jesus as well.

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