God Never Blinks#

Soul Snack 245/14 ... “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art,”

John Keats introduced his reader to eternity. His medium was the visual and timeless image of a star.

It is true - the stars in the sky are almost exactly the same as the stars your grandparents saw when they took an evening stroll and cast their eyes aloft. It is equally true that they are pretty much the same as when the dinosaurs too looked up.

Yet, stars are not eternal. At one end of eternity they did not exist and at the other – who knows?

Stars too are the fabric of Christmas. No Christmas narrative can be complete without wise men gazing up to God’s ancient GPS – the unknown Star of Bethlehem.

God chooses the commonplace like stars and stables; the ignoble for His purposes. He avoids the noble and the well-feted.

God isn't overwhelmed by the successful, the popular or the extraordinary.

God refuses to voice: “you’re qualified, I choose you.”

He measures the heart and not the history.

God chose and still chooses the unknown as stars to shine. Each selected star humbly, even unwittingly weaves the very cloth of a good daily life for others they seek to clothe.

God's shining stars are never missed, for God never blinks.

These shining stars may be simply flesh and blood to us, but they are also rays sent from heaven to bless. God discovers the shining stars in the minor places; not usually the palaces. Don't forget, messiahs are found in mangers.

A star pointed to Bethlehem 2000 years ago; today God still chooses the unknown, the unseen and even the unwanted to glow bright and lead others to Jesus.

You may wish as John Keats did to be a steadfast star; then you shall also be a bright star - always seen, not missed by Heaven; for God never blinks.

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9a)

Today's Soul Snippet:

"God couldn't have made Himself bigger to impress us, so he made Himself smaller to attract us." ~ J. John

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#Today's SoulSnack kindly penned and inspired by Dr Stuart Quarmby ~ Principal, Wollondilly Anglican College