When our soul journeys in the dark, we can look up at the stars and enjoy the art of faithgazing.
If there was ever a reason to live out in the mountains or the desert, it would be for the stars.
It’s only when I’m out where the air cools down to a bite, where the mountains and her trees form a trellis for the sky, can I get lost stargazing.
I become a child again, sitting or lying down in the dark, on a cool rock or the bumpy ground. I like how the night gets quiet. My body relaxed, my ears perk up hearing the wind, the trees, and even my own heartbeat.
Then, the stars appear. They shine down on me in stardust radiance.
Stargazing. It never fails to take my breath away.
I can’t help, but long to faithgaze in the same way.
No matter how long I’ve been a Christian, I still consider myself a newbie to faithgazing. Like Abraham who was first pointed to the stars, I too, turn to the stars for inspiration.
When I focus on my own abilities and my circumstances, I easily get locked into fears of the bad that could happen.
How long is this journey? Am I on the right path?
Should I follow my heart at this fork in the road.. or stay where I’m at?
All these questions put the focus on me and my decision making.
The stars of faith disappear right along with the city lights of fear and self-reliance.
What does a faithgazer like me do?
It’s times like these, we remember the art of faithgazing —
* Faithgazing conditions are at night.
It’s dark. We can’t see.
Perfect. God is the only one who can work in the dark. This is where only He can provide the light. One day at a time. One word at a time.
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,’
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
* In time, our eyes adjust to the dark, so we can focus on faith more clearly.
It’s important to stay calm when we run into a patch of uncertainty and a time of waiting.
Faith becomes clearer when hold onto Jesus, the One who has the plan, rather than grasping in the dark for a plan.
“We walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Look At The Stars
Take some time to look at the stars tonight.
Go out for a walk or step out into the backyard.
Better yet, just quietly sit outside in your PJs barefoot before you slip into bed.
Look up a the stars and remember the God who names the stars has never forgotten you.
You are shining bright, twinkling beauty in His eyes. No matter how dark it gets.
When’s the last time you looked at the stars and enjoyed thinking of God… who is thinking of you?
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