The moon looked so perfect this evening. Just like in the story books that show the crescent and then shadows that make it look like a man is sitting there fishing. It made me smile looking up and seeing it. Then I started looking for the North Star. The problem is I have no clue how to differentiate the North Star from any other star. So naturally I started looking for the brightest star (because it feels like someone somewhere maybe told me that once). The only problem is that living in the city means there aren’t any “brightest” stars, or really very many stars at all. The smog and the light polution of the city made it hard to see the stars.
Sometimes in life we can get so engrossed in life we can’t see the way forward. We are so fixated on what the next step in the path is that we miss the journey. We so badly want to know what the future holds that we forget to live in the present. We are so buried in our own selves that we don’t see the world around us. We are entrenched in sin to the point that we can’t see hope or redemption.
Don’t lose sight of the forest through the trees. Don’t fixate on the puzzle piece you have but, rather, on the puzzle as a whole. Don’t stop walking the journey just because you lose sight of the path. When the stars are hidden in the smog the answer isn’t to abandon course and assume the stars are gone. No, you start to take measures to clear the smog. Remove the barrier.
Sin is that barrier in our life. Sin is death. Where darkness is, light cannot be, and where light is present darkness cannot exist. Jesus is light. When you live in sin you are pushing Christ away. When you draw near to Christ you become more like Christ and thus sin inevitably will fall away (although no one is sinless except Jesus).
If you are feeling lost, confess your sin. If you are feeling far from Christ, repent of your sin. If you are feeling alone, know that God is always there. Just like the stars are always there, even hidden under the smog, God is always there with you. All you have to do is reach out and take his hand.
John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Psalm 18:28 – “For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.”
Ephesians 5:8 – For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 18:28 – For you light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness.