OK, it’s Monday again—Thank you, Jesus!! It’s also BLOG day for me. I love it! So, when I finish today’s blog, my hope is that I’ll leave you with something inspiring to spiritually ponder.
A few days ago, I saw today’s blog title in something I was reading and immediately became engaged with it. Just what does that mean to me? I asked myself. I wasn’t looking for a scientific conclusion; no, this was of the heart, spirit and soul. I was sure of it, because I was touched emotionally when I first read the words.
Actually, I try things on personally, before I come to my conclusion in an effort to determine how “that”, whatever that is, may affect you, then hopefully I will be inspired and pass that inspiration onto you—from my heart to yours.
So as I continued in thought considering today’s blog title, and what it meant to me spiritually, I was reminded of that old 1946 classic movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, with Jimmy Stewart. Among other things, the movie is about divine intervention – (divine intervention: a term for a miracle caused by God’s active involvement in the human world).
The movie: “It’s A Wonderful Life” – A guardian angel is sent to help a young businessman George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart), who had dreams of becoming a big STAR in his small quaint hometown. The movie opens with a playful depiction of angels in heaven discussing prayers they keep getting from mortals, about this young man in this small town who feels worthless, has given up on life and is about to jump off a bridge…literally. He’s lost, without an ounce of hope left and is certain there’s no way out but to take his own life. Among all the angel sitting up there in heaven with God, doing their own pondering about what to do with this poor lost fella on earth, there’s one Angel (Clarence) who is desperately trying to “win” his wings. He’s already a shining star in heaven, but there’s still the issue of his wings. So God sends Clarence on an earthly mission to win his wings. His mission: convince George Baily (Jimmy Stewart) that suicide is NOT the answer, thus ultimately saving his life. Clarence definitely had his work cut out for him but he needed his wings, so off he went to earth with God’s blessings.
After some spiritual pondering myself, I believe to shine as a star in God’s eyes, one must learn to live in darkness. What kind of darkness? The darkness at the bottom of an old well? No, not necessarily. I believe darkness comes in many forms, such as: sickness, pain, disease, debt, disaster, loss, hunger, turmoil, grief, legal problems, bad marriage, bad report card…these are all forms of darkness as we live and walk on this earth until our time to leave arrives. It’s how we deal with this darkness when it’s upon us, which determines if we will shine and become stars in God’s eyes. So, just how do we deal with darkness? Do we persevere, put our faith and trust in Him, and keep on going or do we become so burdened and distraught that we literally can’t see the light through the darkness? Do we lose it, go berserk, even consider checking out? So sad. So unnecessary. I know.
I believe that as unwelcome, distasteful and scary the darkness may be, we must experience it before we can truly SHINE in God’s eyes. To have peace and become Star-worthy on High, we must be obedient and put our faith and trust in Him, our loving and awesome Creator, to light our way out of the darkness.
“Peace isn’t the absence of the dark. Peace is the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of the dark.” – Ann Voscamp
God is Good. God is Great!!
You can trust Him with everything. Try it.
PS Clarence convinced Jimmy Stewart that his Life was indeed a wonderful Life and most important to God. He reminded him of all the good things he had done for his town, that so many depended on him and loved him no matter what. In the end, he did not commit suicide, he worked through the darkness and became a shiny star in God’s eyes and thankfully, Clearance got his wings. Hallelujah!!