My youngest auditioned for a CYT production last night.  She was nervous but ready.  She had memorized a super cute monologue and practiced her song and was ready for the challenge.  I overheard her in her room before we were leaving to go the audition psyching herself up for this first-time scary thing, this is what she said, “You’re not just a singer and a dancer and a talker, you’re a star!”

You’re a star!

Oh that we as women could learn this truth at a young age and hold onto it throughout the travels in this world.

The word “disaster” actually comes from the two words – “dis” which means without and “astro” which means star or light.  The enemy of your soul’s greatest game is to trick you into believing that in a disaster, a trial, a dark spot, a pit moment, a valley journey, there is no light, but it is a lie!

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

And He reminds us in Romans 8:38-39:

“…nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When we struggle – He is near.

When we have lost our way – He is near.

When darkness threatens to overtake us – He is near.

When we feel like we will drown – He is near.

When we are stuck – He is near.

When injustice stings – He is near.

When we can’t take another step and crumble to the ground in despair – He is near.

In disaster He is near! He is near! He is near!

Maybe all you can see is a small point of light in the distance, like a star that shines ever reminding you that He is near even when He feels far and out of reach!

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveler in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveler in the dark.
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
How I wonder what you are.

As we wonder where He is, be reminded: against the dark velvet that is meant to contrast the beauty of the diamond on display, He reveals the many facets of His attention for you; when all feels lost and the sun has gone down, His point of light whispers hope; when the journey feels lost, His light shines on the shadows to illuminate our next step; when we wonder where His is, we must remember He is near even though we can not see Him.

He is the star that lights that path and we are made in His image which makes us a star.  A star meant to shine, illuminate, guide, ourselves and others in this maze of disaster.  WE ARE NEVER WITHOUT LIGHT! 

You are a star! Never forget it!