There’s a constellation you can see here in the Southern Hemisphere; I looked at it for the first time a few nights ago when the PNG skies were clear and bright.
“Oh look! There’s the Southern Cross,” a friend of mine pointed it out in excitement. This configuration of stars is represented on the PNG flag. I hadn’t known the connection before now.
Kevin and I lay in bed that night and I tell him about the constellation. He didn’t know about it either- this group of stars that you can’t see in America. I never would have seen this beautiful cluster of bright beacons if I hadn’t moved here. “There’s something profound in that, isn’t there?” he says to me.
Sometimes you have to move to see the light.
And I think about how many times in my life I have stayed in the place where the light is dim, that I’ve chosen numbing distractions and hopelessness and depression instead of looking to Jesus, the Light of Life (John 12:46). For in Him, there is no darkness (1 John 1:5) and even darkness is as light to Him (Psalm 139:12).
And sometimes you just have to stop staring at the dark because even in the Valley of the Shadow there is brightness.
And I know that it’s easy to stay in the blackness sometimes- that sometimes the pain is justified and maybe if we stop feeling it then it’ll have been for nothing or if someone has hurt us and we move on, maybe that makes what they did okay.
But let me tell you that there is something waiting for us that is basked in light.
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light
so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—
his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”
When we let the light wash over us, letting its beams expose the darkness, we are given assured hope. And we know that hope doesn’t disappoint us (Romans 5:3-5) because our Father richly, dearly, and radically loves us.
I know the fear that can creep in- just enough to keep us from turning our heads, but I urge you, Beloved, to move, turn your eyes and your heart toward the Light allowing His warmth and kindness to envelope you- to make you shine. After all, we are meant to be a reflection of Jesus. If He is light, then how could we help but mirror anything else?
So let’s get up together, dear friends, and look toward the light; let’s move.