Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Star Light, Star Bright

Star light, star bright
Wish I may, wish I might
Have the wish
I wish tonight.

Have you ever seen a shooting star?  I have often wanted to see one but I never expect to witness it.  Shooting stars seem very elusive.  I have often thought I had to be somewhere special to see one....somewhere like a high mountain or even, Alaska.

However, one night at the end of summer last year, I had a sighting.  It came, along with such a spiritual "feeling" that it was just for me, that it has become a treasured memory and I think about it often.

My shooting star looked much like this one.
It was on the evening of September 28, 2014 and I was outside on the deck with the dogs. I looked up at the sky and studied the stars for a while. I studied the twinkling specks, admiring the flickering of the stars against the dark, night sky.  I viewed the beauty with suspect eyes not wanting to be taken in by just a passing airplane. Doesn't it seem like the more you stare into the dark sky the more vivid the stars become?

As I looked and actually soaked in the night's canvas, letting more and more stars reveal themselves, something cried from inside me.  Deep from somewhere I cannot describe, a place that does not show itself often, cried out to God.  A voice I barely recognized but was surely mine, said aloud without warning, "God, are you with me?"

At that very moment, I kid you not, a star streaked across the evening sky leaving a beautiful, bright pink tail behind it.  It took my breath away.  I knew immediately it was for me, pink tail and all.  God's way of saying "I see you, I hear you, I am with you."

Thank you, God, for taking a moment to assure little, ole me that You are mindful of me....and in such a lovely way.

If you are thinking "God does not make Himself known to me like that," just know that you are not alone.  Many believe God only speaks to priests, ministers, or not at all.  It has been a new experience for me to realize that some event, some phrase from a poem, a word from a friend, were placed in my day for a purpose.  His purpose. It does not have to be a grand gesture like the parting of the Red Sea or the slaying of a giant. I have learned that you have to be watching for it.  It can come in the simple words of a song, a neighbor's smile, a puppy's wet kiss, a devotion or poem, and sometimes a shooting star.

Just be on the lookout for His touch in your life.  He really is there and will make Himself known in quiet, gentle, but sure ways.