Brightest stars

On Saturday night, I stood in the Scottish countryside in Peebles and gazed up at the most incredible night sky I’ve ever, ever seen. It was truly breathtaking because of the volume, clarity, and brightness of the stars that shone above us. I’ve never seen anything like it – and I gazed with my mouth, and eyes, wide open, at the beauty and grandeur of what was above and around us. I wish I could have captured it on camera.

As the lyrics to a song called ‘indescribable’ were played, the moment couldn’t have been more perfect (except, perhaps, if Matt had been there beside me!! 😘). As someone sang “creation revealing your majesty”, I couldn’t help but grin at all that was around me. It was a special, special moment that I won’t forget for a while.

The chorus of that song reads:

Indescribable, uncontainable,

You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing God

All powerful, untameable, Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim; You are amazing God

Again, the serendipity (or perhaps it was planned) of the moment gave me goosebumps – singing about God placing the stars in the sky, because the sky did look like that Bruce Almighty scene where he draws in the stars (only twinkley-er!).

Whether you (or even I) believe God placed them all there, is almost irrelevant. Even if we don’t believe in a God, or believe he’s amazing, the world around us is. We can still be awestruck by its indescribable beauty and power. Because gazing up at that vast sky reminded me of how small we are, but of how big an impact we can potentially have. Some of those stars (to my human eyes) looked so small, but without each and every one of them, it wouldn’t have had the same special, awe-inspiring impact. And that’s the same for us. We’re all needed, we all bring something different and something important. And that can be so hard to remember some days. I’ve been singing a song from the musical Dear Evan Hansen all day today and the lyrics fit so well with the point I’m trying to make here – we all matter. Even if we don’t know it or realise it.

“No one deserves to be forgotten. No one deserves to fade away. No one should flicker out or have any doubt that it matters that they are here

No one deserves to disappear”

I searched for ‘stars’ on Pinterest just now, and came across this quote:

While it’s true and accurate, I read it on a less literal level, and related it to life itself. We all go through hard times – whether that’s a difficult season of our life, or a dark night or two. But it’s those hard times, those painful, or testing, or confusing or challenging moments, that shape us. That help us find a deeper connection with ourselves and who we are. That bond us tighter to those who love us beyond measure for who we are. It’s within those dark nights that bright lights, or stars, shine from within us, and from those around us. And that’s special, and important. Remember to try, as hard as it can be, to keep your eyes open for those bright stars shining around you, and within you. They make the dark nights all the more worthwhile.


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