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Star Bright, Star Light

Star bright,
star light! I wish I may I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight
. An old
nursery rhyme runs through my head when I think about the wonders of the stars
in the heavens. Where do they come from? Why do they shine and twinkle? How far
away are they? I stare in wonder at the dark blue velvet sky filled with
lustrous night lights.

I
think about mom. While sitting on the back porch of her home in Watonga, she
told me about her star. As always when she saw the stars light up in the
evening she counted it as good. She became animated when she said, “There it
is! The first star in the night sky. That’s my star.” It was the end of
the day filled with many things to do in the garden. Mother told me about the evening
star, the first one to appear, was her star. When I asked her why, she answered,
“That star and I have had talks since I was a little girl.” I wondered
what secrets mother told the Star each night as she prepared to go to bed.
Knowing how much mom was to do things, I know that she never would wish upon a
star but she used the star as God’s messenger to pour out her joys and concerns
to God.
That
was when civilization had not erased the stars with his own artificial lighting.
That is when star watching at dusk filled one’s soul. Now as a young adult, I
remember the when I sat on the swing in a park looking up at the vast array of
stars in the sky. I wondered what life held for me. I began to swing higher and
higher. Would I be able to touch a star with my toe?
People
have studied stars and know what they’re made of how long they will exist, with
what their orbit in the sky is. How can they do know this when the stars so far
away?  I study stars to understand the
power of God.
When
our oldest son studied space in the sky with all its planets and stars, he
studied about light years. Since Google was just sitting there, I searched for
the definition. When I saw the answer for an eight-year-old boy, then I knew I
would understand the theory of a light year. I knew it was about traveling, but
I wasn’t sure what light had to do with it. In reading further, I learned that
the speed of light is and this is how a light year is estimated.  A light year is approximately
5,878,786,100,000 miles.  Almost a
trillion miles for one light year.  (Compare with the circumference of the earth –
24,901 miles, or the diameter of the earth 7,901) A light-year is the distance that
light travels in one year the speed of light is 186,287.5 mi. per second. Multiply
the number of seconds in a minute, by minutes in an hour by 24 hours in a day
times the number of days in a year.
The
distance to the nearest star is 4.3 light years and the distance to the
Andromeda galaxy is to million light-years. Needless to say, when you consider
the number of galaxies and the number of stars, their various gravity pulls,
and there orbits, my mind knows that no matter how great our intellect is our
God is a wondrous and mighty God. When you consider the speed of light,
remember the verse of Scripture, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Where does this light come from? Genesis 1:3 – And God
said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 
Jesus was
announced to the world by a star that the wise men followed. Did the did the
wise men ponder about the density are the consistency of a star? No, they
discussed the message of the star. They followed in obedience wondering where the star would lead them. When Jesus was announced
to the shepherds in the field, the heavens were ablaze with light and angels
and praise and admiration. No wonder the Angels admonished the shepherds with do not fear. All of the lights that man
could imagine flooded the area more than all the lights in the world that we
see today ablaze in wattage after wattage. Immeasurable!
When we see Scriptures that tell us about the stars, our hearts
quicken with wonder.
*He determines the number of
the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Psalm 147:4
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When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place what is man that you are mindful of him, and the
son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4
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The moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures
forever. Psalm 136:9
*
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their
host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might: undo,
and because he is strong in power not one is missing. Isaiah 40:26
*
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and
those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel
12:3
*
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory
of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. First Corinthians 15:41
*
He who made the Pleiades and the Orion, and turns deep darkness into morning
and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours
them out on the surface the earth, the Lord is his name. Amos 5:8
*
When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for? Job
38:7
What
do I see when I see the first evening Star? I see more than a shimmer of
chemicals traveling through space. I see a universe created through the power
and majesty of God. I see the wonder of that power through my life. There is no
doubt in my mind did our Jehovah watches over us and loves us. He wants us to
be his and it’s up to us to choose Him and his only begotten Son that we may
walk in the light. His light.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing,  that you may be blameless
and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst
of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights
in the world,”  Philippians 2:14-15

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