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The Star Connection

IMG_0310When I was little, we used to sing “Away in a Manger,” in Sunday school. I suppose the Sunday school teachers thought that since we were little children we’d relate better to a Christmas carol about a baby.

i just liked the song, especially the part where it said, “the stars in the sky looked down where He lay…”

…because I loved to gaze at the night sky from my bed and wonder at the glittering stars that hung above the trees in our yard.

I’d think, those stars that looked down on the baby Jesus are the same stars that now look down on me. Wow!

Even as a very young child I got that. Jesus lived a long time ago, but the stars He set in space live a long, long time.

The stars saw Jesus begin His earthly life, and the stars see little me.

The stars saw Jesus and Mary and Joseph as they fled to Egypt. The stars peeped through His window when he slept as a baby, a boy, a young man, and then a grown man.

The stars watched as Jesus prayed on the mount of Olives before His crucifixion. The stars watched as He was dragged before the High Priest, and then, Pilate.

The Stars kept their vigil as their Creator lay silent and lifeless in a rich man’s tomb.

The stars rejoiced to see the breath of life return to Jesus.

I am an old woman now, yet I still gaze at the stars and wonder about God’s vast universe. I wonder where heaven is, and marvel that my heavenly Father sees me and remembers when I was just a little girl. In all those intervening years I still wonder the same things.

The stars will one day witness my own last breath, and then I’ll witness the earth from a very different vantage point.

I’m glad Jesus created stars— something so beautiful— to remind me that He is both near and very far, that He is aware of tiny me.

“I look up at Your macro-skies, dark and enormous,

Your handmade sky jewelry

Moon and stars mounted in their settings.

Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,

Why do You bother with us?

Why take a second look our way? (Psalm 8, The Message)

The Answer is “Jesus”

I’ve been a teacher for over thirty five years. I’ve taught all ages from community college to high school and elementary, even pre-school. And of course, Sunday School.

Sometimes, when I teach very young children—in Sunday School—they’re just beginning to formulate ideas about the world, about Bible characters, and Bible happenings.

The children want so much to please their teachers and to come up with the right answers.

I’d say, about 90 percent of the time, when I ask a question based on some Bible teaching we’ve just done, a child will raise his or her hand and sweetly answer, “Jesus?”

You see, they don’t know much, but most of them have been hearing the name of Jesus since baby-hood.

So if the teacher asks a question, the child figures he’s got a good chance of getting the right answer by answering “Jesus.”

I love that. It’s so incredibly simple and sweet.

We adults get our answers wrong way more often. We over-complicate the question, bring in too much of our individual experiences, the opinions of some famous and trusted theologian or pastor, or our feelings about an issue.

But about 90 percent of the time, the correct answer for adults— just like the tiny ones in Sunday School— really is “Jesus.”

You may be helped by Christian self-help books, by modern psychology, by thinking positive, by the twelve-step program, or anything else you can think of that aids you in getting back on the right track.

They may help you improve your response or help you to think in a better way. That’s good.

But none of these helps can transform your being and make you COMPLETELY whole.

Only Jesus.

For too many of us, even Christians, we seek other answers first.

When we could be on our knees, seeking God. Seeking His will first. Not our own.

He will put you on the right path, open your eyes to what is truly good and right, and bless you in ways you can’t even imagine.

Try reading scripture and then asking yourself what the passage is about.

More often than not, the answer will be—explicitly or implicitly— “Jesus.”

Jesus said we have to become like little children to enter His Kingdom. Because children don’t complicate the most basic questions and answers about life with gobbledy-gook.

For them, if it’s “Jesus” some of the time, then it must be “Jesus” all of the time.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers Praise Him, all ye little Children or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:15-17 NIV Bible)