It is a chilly evening and you are enjoying your usual evening prayer walk through the neighborhood. However, tonight feels especially dark…maybe a street light or two reluctantly decided they could no longer resist the darkness about them and abandoned their post. Whatever the reason, the brisk air combined with the dimly lit sidewalk constructs an almost eery atmosphere that your subconscious takes as a sure signal to shift your prayers into quiet mumblings of Psalm 23:4.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Disappointed by the supply of light on street level, your eyes quickly peek toward the heavens. At first glance, as you look into the night sky, several stars immediately catch your attention as they shine; they are nothing shy of spectacular. Determining that such a sight deserves a longer spectacle, you lay down upon the cool sidewalk and make yourself as comfortable as possible, focus your eyes, and channel your inner stargazer. You soon begin to get lost in the infinite above as with each passing moment more stars appear. “Where were these luminous balls of gas in the preceding minutes just past?” you wonder (assuming, of course, that you aced your middle school astronomy class and retained it all). Well, they were there the whole time…your eyes simply were not conditioned to see them.
On you stare as the stars seem to gain a boldness, each emerging from their celestial camouflage. Close your eyes and imagine the view and ask yourself, with every appearing beam of ethereal light, does your awe lessen? If you are envisioning anything similar to the sky I’ve seen, the answer is “Not at all!”—it only grows and grows and grows until finally you realize there are more stars above you than there is black abyss. Oh, the wonder of the universe!
And Christian, is it not so with Christ? Is it not true that the longer you stare, the more beauty your eyes capture as they grasp the ever-expanding grandeur of your Savior? Let us learn from the entranced stargazer; let the eyes of your soul fixate themselves upon the astonishing wonder of the revelation of the Almighty God in the face of Jesus Christ. “Of all the subjects in the world,” wrote Mr. John Flavel of the discovering of Christ’s beauties, “this is the sweetest; if there be anything on this side of heaven, worthy of our time and studies, this is it.”
But unfortunately, like so many of us who live in urban settings are aware, the emanating lights of buildings, cars, and streets dilute and often even delete the lights glistening from the heavens above. So what does a dedicated stargazer do?
They flee from the city and run to the open fields of the country where serenity and open skies await.
Why? Because street lamps and skyscrapers are the mortal enemies of any serious stargazer.
It is no different for you, Christian. So you too must flee the “city lights” that so easily emanate into your soul from the ground of this world—the “city lights” of social media, work, responsibilities, friends, and family. Run, Christian. Run for the fields of tranquility where you can be alone with your Savior to gaze upon His beauty undistracted, attention undivided. Go away with Him and allow the jaw of your soul to drop in astonishment as you gaze upon the radiance of the glory of God.
“If it be life eternal to know Christ, then it is eternal damnation to be ignorant of Christ: as Christ is the door that opens heaven, so knowledge is the key that opens Christ.” ~ John Flavel
Become a spiritual stargazer.
Let your affections be enwrapped by the One who, at this very moment, upholds the universe by the word of His power. Fixate your soul’s eyes upon the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation and behold the King of kings, the Lord of lords, our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
The sky in which Christ’s glory shines is the Word of God. Pick up your Bible and search it eagerly to discover Him—you will find His glory strewn across every page as the stars canvas the rural night sky.
Enjoy a glimpse of your Creator’s masterpiece: