Looking out the window this morning, something unusually different strikes me. As far as my eyes can see, it’s as if someone has sprinkled diamonds upon the surface of the snow. A miraculous beauty all in itself, the snow almost looks like a flat and dull backdrop compared to the glisten of individual bright white, blue, green, and soft orange lights. The star-like shine is striking and beautiful among the footprints. I am caught in a stare; I don’t want to take my eyes off of each light. I even notice two shimmering individual lights so close together, they appear to sit side by side. They look as if they are one and appear to be shining much brighter than the lights would shine separately. What I am most amazed about? I am witnessing a reflection of light so powerful, that I can see glimmers on the frozen pond and into the neighbor’s yard behind us, even without my glasses!
I feel compelled to praise God for creating such beauty and I remember that the Bible speaks of light often. Jumping on the computer, I search http://www.biblegateway.com/ under the topic of “light, shine, and stars”. These are just a sampling of verses that I’ve found:

 

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

Daniel 12:3

“Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

Luke 11:36

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 2: 14-16

 

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Some of us are like those glistening lights on the snow, some dim, some colorful, and some bright in contrast to the darkness of this world. The thought that captures me–God knows where and how bright each of His precious diamonds are shining, just like the stars in the evening sky. Each one has a name, each one is placed in just the right spot, to fulfill it’s purpose in His story. I was captured by this sight and this world cannot help but be captured by the reflection of God’s light and love in each of His children. You know what? When they are close and unified–they shine even brighter!

As we come upon this season of celebration amongst the glow of twinkling lights, let’s remember that we too have a light of our very own to shine!

A Star in Bethlehem


How can we shine like stars?                           Music Video- Josh Wilson