Many years ago I was walking in a parking lot to my car and it was dark. I was fortunate to be walking alongside someone who had just given an incredible retreat and as we walked he looked up and said, “We don’t look at the stars enough”. It is one of those lines that resonates with you and invites you to agree instantly. It is also one of those lines that stays with you for a very long time and keeps coming back on so many different levels.
What do you suppose that he meant from that comment…..
Do we not look ‘up’ enough?
Do we not take the time to notice beauty….such as the stars?
Do we not look beyond the temporary..into the eternal?
Do we not notice what is always there, right in front of us?
Or…..do we simply not ‘look at the stars enough’?
I’m not sure that I will ever really know what he meant by that line, not sure that I need to. But it has certainly remained with me for a very long time and it has surely invited me to look into the night sky more often. And, in a very strange and mystical way, it has brought me great peace.
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With today’s busy lifestyles we don’t often have time to stop and admire all the good things God has provided for us. Stars, flowers, birds, peace, silence and so on … I bet He’ll remind us of what we’ve missed when we get to meet Him.
Yes Victor and I’ll bet that it will all be praising and giving Him glory.
That line I suspect is different for each person, and their present circumstance, who truly speaks it from their heart.
It is so important that we do take the time to the hand of God in everything around us. It is there, all the time; and in our busy lives we so often forget to take that moment to pause and recognize the incredible complexity of the world that God has given to us.
You are so right Kris. All is given in gift but we have to ‘open the gift’ to truly appreciate it.
While I’m pretty sure he wasn’t speaking of “Brangelina” we spend way too much time looking up at that kind, I think he meant the stars – the ones God put in the sky. 🙂 For that sort of awareness inspires a greater awareness in life everyday in many ways.
Oh my gosh Faith, those kinds of ‘stars’ never even entered my mind. I certainly wouldn’t give much attention to those kinds of stars…thanks for the clarification – you made me chuckle.
If I take that line in a symbolic manner, I’d say that I do look up often. I’m a walker, and in the whole process of walking, I’m looking up, within, outward, beside. Walking is so much more than just walking.
Wow Joanne, beautiful. I think that I need to begin to walk more often.
Hi Andie 33, As I have grown older and Do not have as much busyness in my life…I do look up. When I look up I not only see beauty but am reminded how how majestic our creator is.♥
How beautiful Dee. Please say a little prayer for me when you look up one time.
I read this and thought of something Mother Teresea once said:
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
Thank you Richard. I can never get enough of Mother Teresa and her wisdom.
This is a beautiful post, Andie. In this rush, rush, world we live in it is easy to forget the beauty that surrounds us and the Divine Artist who created it. Young children have a natural awe for creation. They notice every star, every flower, clouds, etc…
I wonder how many people looked up in the sky on a cold winter night in Bethlehem many years ago?
Oh Mary, what a beautiful thought —- the Bethlehem night sky. Thanks for that.
Interesting questions you raised. I think the person meant that we simply don’t look at the stars enough. The stars are very beautiful, another one of God’s awesome creations to give us delight and take our breath away. Stars are light years away, but they are so huge and burn so brightly that we can actually see them here on earth. How amazing is that?!
Thanks for stopping by my blog again. I’m glad my article about the burning bush spoke to you and inspired you. That really means a lot.
Hi Judy, it is amazing when you think about what the stars really are. God is surely good to us isn’t He?
I think we often fill our evenings and nights with TV, computers, sleep etc, that we forget that there is still a world, even a whole universe outside our doors that we lock up tight as soon as the sun goes down…
we all need a good dose of cabin fever to drive us out of our locked boxes!
btw I love to gaze at night :O)