Shine like stars


Introduction

This meditation is in two parts, if you find that you want to spend time on the first part then do that and keep the second part for another time. Whatever, don’t rush into the meditation, spend time preparing yourself for your musings.


Preparation (allow at least 15 minutes for this)

Take time to rest, relax, turn off from the busyness of the things that have been part of your day so far and focus your thoughts on the Lord.


Don’t rush this.


Do a relaxation exercise; make a note of anything you need to remember that would otherwise distract you.


Come to that quiet place where you meet with God,


Pray

Ask the Lord to open your heart and your mind to what He wants to say to you.


Pause

Enjoy the stillness and peace of these moments with the Lord


Reflection

I remember as a child, growing up in a village without street lights, going outside on a clear night and just gazing up at the night sky, wondering at the multitude of stars as they glistened against the dark night sky. What a spectacle.


Scriptures tell us that God made the stars (Gen 1:16), that He set them in place (Ps 8:3) and he calls them each by name (Ps 147:4).


Pause and consider:
This is our God.

Respond

Respond in whatever way seems right for you – check out the ideas for using your time.


Pray

Talk to the Lord about your musings and your response.

Thank Him for his presence and ministry to you during this time.

Reflection

The verse that started these ponderings is in Philippians 2:15 where Paul is encouraging us as children of God to ‘shine like stars’.


Just last week the children at church sang that old favourite chorus –

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,

this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,

this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,

let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


The following verses contain the challenges:


The children sang the chorus enthusiastically with all the actions – especially those for the last verse as they drew large circles in the air with their arms feigning an attempt not to hit their fellow singers in the process!


We can extract the following challenges for us:


This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine,

I’m not going to hide it,

I’m not going to let Satan snuff it out and

I’m going to let it shine all over the world.


Jesus stated, ‘You are the light of the world’ (Matt 5:13)

Pause and consider
Is your ‘little light’ shinning?
Are you being light in the world?

Respond

Respond in whatever way seems right for you – check out the ideas for using your time.

Action

What one thing do you now need to do?

Pray

Talk to the Lord about your musings and your response.

Thank Him for his presence and ministry to you during this time.