[CF Devotionals] 2019-12-11 - Moving Stars

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A couple nights ago while looking up at a clear and incandescent sky, I caught a glimmer of a twinkling star, I then noticed that there appeared to be another next to it, but it was moving in a northeastern pattern at several thousand feet. Another crossed the sky toward it in a southeastern pattern, at a similar altitude, and a third blinking light moved overhead coming from the south and going north, at about the same distance. Our home is in an area in which it is very common to view a plethora of airplane activity at any time of the day. Before sunset, it is easier to spot them with their condensation trails, but later made possible with the flashing lights on the plane wingtips. There have been other times I noted them in the night sky, but seeing the three all going in contrasting directions got me thinking about daily life. Like those moving stars, we all fan out in various directions in the course of a day-so much so that we barely have direct contact with one another. In the case of jets in the sky-no matter the time of day- no impact is a good thing. The fact that there are so few accidents involving flight traffic on any day is amazing, considering the number of machines passing through the sky. It’s a testament to what is humanly possible when minds are converged to achieve the goal of foreseeing potentially harmful contact.

Down on terra firma, there are aspects of potentially harmful contact that are managed from different vantage points as well. Law enforcement, fire and rescue, the judicial system and all its components as well as counselors, therapists, victim advocates and even peer mediators combined with resource officers-just to name a few of the many who work tirelessly to direct traffic in our lives. They help heal wounds of all sorts. Tangibly running into one another can cause physical and emotional fallout, to be sure, though nowhere nearly as gripping as seeing two planes slamming together. Yet having a squabble over a parking space while running late, trying to get that last special gift for someone (especially toys!) after a rough year, or differences of opinion on personal matters with family or friends can have physical and emotional as well as spiritual consequences without the right guidance. Things weighing on our souls cause fallout on a bigger scale. Many experiences we have in life will wear on our mortality, but the immortality of the soul as promised to God by his people can be counted on, despite the challenges we face. God’s word can guide us along the way, along with the spirit and people in our lives, to keep us accountable to doing what is right and pleasing to the Father. We are not him, but we can live a life that makes it clear he is in it - so those we meet may ask questions or may just be comforted by the spirit through us, at a time of need. Any moving stars we can keep from taking a deadly path-including our own-is a job well-done.

“I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,” (Genesis 26:4 NIV)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.” (Psalm 147:3-5 NIV)

“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” (Daniel 12:2-4 NIV)

“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” (Matthew 10:27-29 NIV)

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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