Bright Stars

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Ok, finally hitting the big 3-0 has its upsides… and downsides 😦 One is that it again got me thinking. What have I done with my life? How have I handled the gifts I’ve been given? Have I done well? What should I be doing better? So many thoughts, lobbying to be completed, so little answers. But I’m grateful. This past year has had me on tether’s end and back. I’m not too comfortable with where I am but I sure am glad I’m not where I was last year!

Before I sound utterly ungrateful, let me say that my discontent is not with God. He’s doing the best he can with what I’ve given. Makes me figure that if I give all, I just might get all I’m looking for… Anyway, bright stars…

We are all bright stars! These words have been ringing in my ears for two days now. Remember that song…

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
To shine on him each day
In every way to please him
At home, at school, at play.

A sunbeam, a sunbeam
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
A sunbeam, a sunbeam
I’ll be a sunbeam for him!

I loved the song! And the white and red the sunbeam band wore. Though ‘they’ never allowed me join them, I always considered myself a sunbeam. And then recently, I realised I was not just a flash of the sun in the eyes of the dark, I realised, that even when it’s pitch dark, when it seems the ray of ‘my sun’ isn’t bright enough to pierce the darkness, in the midst of that suffocating blackness… I am a bright star! We are all bright stars!!!

We humans say a lot of things we don’t believe. Why else would we sing about the sky being wide enough for all birds to fly freely? It makes no sense to say it and act like it’s not true. We tell ourselves, there are many fishes in the ocean and we live our lives as if fishes were going extinct. True, there is climate change, but it’s not the fishes that are going out of fashion, it’s the ‘enabling’ environment for fish reproduction that is! So, if we fix the earth and stop global warming, we probably will soon have too much fish! 😀

Now seriously, what am trying to say is this, God is still in the business of making your life count! It’s not his will that is not accomodating you, it’s you that is acting anti-the will of God! God doesn’t want you miserable, useless or irrelevant. He created a world so vast, so big, so there’d be room for you to express yourself. We are all bright stars! The world hasn’t heard your song yet, seen your work yet, felt your impact. And it’s waiting. We don’t all have to be presidents or CEOs. We all want different things from life anyway. But in that thing that you want, that thing that you do, you can shine! You can be the best!! Why? Cos we are all bright stars! Me. You. And that okada driver down the street. We were created for greatness and in the hall of greatness, there is room for all! You can be Mother Theresa or the Great Napoleon… whatever you choose to be, be the best at it! Cos you are a shining, bright star!!

Shalom.

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