“Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are?
Or would you rather be a mule?”
– Swinging on a Star, Van Heusen/Burke
I’m flicking through channels, hunting for something warming… or lighthearted…or inspiring. The onscreen entertainment guide is little help… often saying “To be announced,” or listing a program title only, sans description. Leaving me to guesswork… or coming in on something half-way through.
I light on a bit of wonder that leaves my heart dusted with star shine.
He’s talking about three clues hiding like jewels-to-be-mined… in our everyday world. Faceted and purposely planted, sometimes even tossed at our feet, by a Jeweler who longs to be revealed. So that even if the finder has never heard… or never read… His love story can spill out before them. Hide ‘n seek evidence to joyous Truth He is wooing us to know… hold in our hearts… and bear the light.
- A particular kind of catfish with a backbone perfectly formed into a cross.
- Tiny stones that can be found in various places all over the world, naturally-shaped and formed by heat and pressure into three styles of crosses (Roman, Maltese and St. Andrew style)…like jewelry pendants…
- And most incredible of all… the sand dollar…also known as the Sea Star:
Somewhere… I’ve heard something of this before, but don’t remember the details.
I watch as photos flash onscreen of this intricate one-of-a-kind marvel. Listen as he describes how one side holds a design like a Christmas poinsettia. On the flip side, an Easter Lily… with a star of Bethlehem at it’s center… Surrounded by five oval holes… wounds… across the shell…
But that’s not all, he says…for the Bridegroom always saves the best for last.
Crack open a sand dollar…and out pour five pieces that look awesomely like tiny white doves. Five, the biblical number for grace…
A STAR… a humble birth…suffering…Resurrection… and Grace.
The whole story etched like a secret code on a gift from the sea… He was born, spilled out His Life for us, so the Holy Spirit could now reside in us…
It’s then I remember the Lord’s promise…
However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. – John 16:7 (amplified version)
I click off the television. Ponder this moonbean-in-a-jar wonder.
Words of another star song fill my mind, light on my lips… like one more whispered message of “undercover prayer” from His heart to mine…and now… to yours…
O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy perfect Light.
© Pam Depoyan
“If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.” – Luke 19:40
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