Day 32 (guest blogger)

starsAs I’m writing this, it’s about 2:30 in the morning. The sky out my bedroom window is dark. Looking out, it’s an empty, dark expanse.

Maybe reflecting what many of us are feeling.

Lonely, unable to see those we care for. Uncertain, not knowing how long this is going to last. Helpless, unable to do anything as we hear of others hurting. Maybe even hopeless, overwhelmed. The list goes on.

The world feels quite dark right now, leading to a sense of emptiness in ourselves.

And yet I remember growing up in rural Iowa. Away from street lamps and city lights. Coming home from evening events or long car rides from visiting family. And looking up to see the stars. I don’t think seeing them ever got old- the beauty of these lights filling the night sky.

In the dark, empty expanse of space, God placed innumerable stars to bring light and warmth. How much more, then, can He place light, warmth, and beauty in our lives?

There is so much joy in store for us. Even in the little things.

For example, as I was struggling to stay awake during a lecture this morning, hearing my younger sister’s laughter from upstairs brought a smile to my face.

Yet is it wrong to not be happy? Is God with us only in the moments of joy?

“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” ~Genesis 1:2

The darkest and emptiest the Earth has ever been. God was there. Not just in power, and certainly not in apathy, but in love. The Spirit stayed close to the Earth. Perhaps similar to a parent hovering over a sleeping infant.

At our darkest, at our emptiest, God is with us. He is not “out there” merely hearing the prayers we may or may not be able to bring ourselves to speak, but listening to our cries and distress. Just as God was close to the Earth at the beginning of Creation, so He is with us now, caring and comforting.

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:3

Glorious day, breaking out through the darkness. At a word, the light poured through, and a beautiful day began. Imagine what that first sunrise may have looked like.

So God has the power to pour beauty and hope and joy into our lives, no matter how dark or empty or hopeless they may seem.

There is light. The sun will rise, and in the meantime we have the stars God places into the dark and empty. Know that no matter what, you are loved. You are not alone, and you never will be.


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