Stars roll on by

I had the most beautiful drive tonight. I was driving up a mountain hunched over my steering wheel with my interior lights dimmed (and wishing I didn’t have to use headlights) and watching the horizon. I wasn’t watching the horizon just for the stars, but also so I didn’t end up making too close of friends with a retaining wall. As I watched and looked around me as much as I dared, I was able to slowly grasp the level of the beauty of the night in which I was driving. I caught a glimpse of the milky way, and a million other stars seemed to be shining. I was also on the lookout for shooting stars. I caught a glimpse of one, and then later one flashed across my field of view just above the horizon. The night was so incredible I had to stop and see it, even if that meant a creepy overlook that I was the only one there. It was worth the stop. It seemed like an arm of the Milky Way was arching across the middle of the sky, with thousands of stars accenting its beauty. Rarely am I able to be in awe of of the presence of such beauty, and it was such beauty no woman or man made thing could match. I wanted to stay there forever, but I had to move on and make it home before I would get tired again. As I got moving I kept watching the horizon as I drove around the curves of the mountain. I remembered a conversation I had with some friends about laying in a field with the sky surrounding the entire horizon. It felt as if you could almost be absorbed into space. I had the same feeling, except I was driving into the stars. I felt as if I could really feel the curvature and finite of the earth. I could keep driving and watch the stars roll behind me as I travelled along. An incredible finite but beautiful feeling of the infinite.

As I was remembering and thanking God for all that was going on around me, I remembered a conversation I had earlier in the day. It was in stark contrast to the beauty that I seemed to be driving into. I’ll warn you, and say that this next bit is despicably evil. We were talking about what was going on in North Korea, and the atrocities that were occurring. One of them was of a woman who had become pregnant by one of the soldiers, and everyone knew it. Yet, they still chose to execute her in the most evil dispicably inhumane disgusting way imaginable – by tying her to a tree and performing a Caesarean section. I will not say more, I fear even this is too much because of how purely evil it is. Bear with me.

Now you can begin to see what a contrast was in my heart – the pure majestic beauty that was all around me and then the pure evil of what is going on in North Korea. I literally got chills when I thought of the second part to this story – how could such evil exist under the heavens of such beauty? How can millions of people suffering atrocities while the rest of the world cares more about their new Mercedes, their girlfriend/boyfriend, their next fix, and what they’ll be having for dinner.

It was incredible to think of the beauty and majesty of God shown in the stars. If you want to get more of a grasp of His beauty, go out on a clear moonless night to the top of the mountain and just sit there. Look for shooting stars, and imagine the infinitude of His glory.

In light of this beauty, what are we doing to spread it? What are we doing to stand up for the broken, like those in North Korea, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Islands, the world? With all the sex trafficking, the starving, homeless, broken, destitute and needy, how are we trying to go out and show them love? With those that aren’t any of those things, but still lacking – are we trying to tell them what they’re missing? With those that more or less are content and have what they need, are we trying to tell them that’s not enough? With those who’s appetite for wealth can’t be satisfied – are we telling them Solomon’s words that everything we do under the sun is vanity unless it’s loving and serving God? That nothing on this earth will last, and whoever inherits their wealth will simply squander it? Do we have a real view of eternity? On that takes into account the infinitude of the stars and the reality that a pregnant woman was brutally murdered? Or children starving or abused? Or people sold into slavery? Or the hungry? Or the satisfied? Or those who can’t be quenched?

Can we not see where our true mission lies in light of the majesty of the beauty of God? We have to bring these people out from under the city street lights and smog. They can’t see any stars there. We have to make the effort, and drive them out into the countryside in whatever condition they’re in and show them what they’re missing, and also what can heal them. There was something about that beauty that was peaceful, calming, and healing to me. This is what we have to spread to all people and nations. This is the love that we’ve been called to share from the start. We have two contrasting realities, and we can’t take for granted the awe of one while ignoring the other. The beauty of stars shouldn’t be drowned out by streetlights, and the atrocities of humanity can’t be ignored by turning a blind eye. We have to be proactive in attaining a view of fallen humanity guided by the light of the Son. We have to pray to be broken like He is when He sees how far we’ve come. We have to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, love Him, and love. It’s not easy, but it’s easy to become passionate thinking about such immaculate beauty twinkling in the sky and contrasting that with our sin. We have to show them real Hope, real Love, real Mercy, real Forgiveness, real Compassion, the real Healer, the real Jesus: The One who in us gives us the strength and grace to move forward and overcome our imperfections to show them the incredible gift we’ve been given. It’s a broken mess that can be made beautiful – just like where we’ve all come from.

Stars roll on by, dust from the streets cover what died
Then came a man with feet shod with sandels worn
Whos words bring life in death and justice to those that scorn

Beauty of the galaxy
Awe of the Milky Way
Murderous atrocity
Fatal complacency
There’s only one Way

Stars roll on by, atrocities hidden beneath uncertain skies
Night was laid low once the Son had risen
Light came to show what was missin’

Beauty of the galaxy
Awe of the Milky Way
Murderous atrocity
Fatal complacency
There’s only one Way

Stars roll on by, billowy clouds covered our secret lies
Then wisped away by a strong wind blowing
Revealed what night was longing to be showing

Beauty of the galaxy
Awe of the Milky Way
Murderous atrocity
Fatal complacency
There’s only one Way
There’s. only. one. Way.

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”
1 Corinthians 1:27

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