Genesis 1:14-15 New International Version (NIV)
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
Oscar Wilde has said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Life can be filled with pessimism. We may spend our time focusing on the circumstances that bring us down. For me, the result is often a deep-down feeling of sadness. It comes over me when things around me go wrong. It could relate to my end stage renal failure, the distance between me and my grandchildren, family circumstances that bring angst.
Any number of things can cause the kind of sadness that makes me feel like I’m lying in the gutter. The truth is that, most of the time, I can look up at the stars for comfort. It is always a reminder of the majesty and power of the God that placed the magnificent lights in the heavens. What a wonder that is! What a miracle that separates the day from the night, that marks sacred times, that marks the days and the years, that gives light to the earth!
When things are troublesome and nights are dark for you, remember the words of Marcus Aurelius, “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Looking up at the starry sky, running with the stars always reminds me that the same God who created the stars of heaven also created me. Thanks be to God.