This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “distant.”
When I saw that the Five Minute Friday prompt today was in honour of Shawn Smucker’s new book “Light From Distant Stars,” a quote came to mind…
At least I think it’s a quote. I’m sure I saw it several years ago, and the words certainly spoke powerfully to me at the time. The problem is I can’t remember the exact quote or where I could have seen it, and my attempts to search for it over the years have proved fruitless.
As I remember it, it goes something like this:
“Only in the darkness can we see the light of the distant stars.”
It encouraged me because I was facing a time of darkness, but, at the same time, a sense of greater closeness with God than I had ever experienced before. The quote made sense of that. Although the distant stars are always there, we never see them in the daylight; they are only revealed in the darkness.
In the same way, God is always there, and he is unchanging, but we don’t always see him in the same way or feel like he is there. I have found that often it is in the times of darkness, when our dependence on other things is stripped away, that we see more of God, that we seek him and draw close to him to know him more – that we experience his light.
Isaiah 45:3 expresses a similar sentiment:
“I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness – secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” (NLT)
However you feel today, may you know God with you. May you know that he is not distant, but that he draws close and calls you by name. And if you’re walking in darkness, may you know the treasure of his presence and be drawn to know him more. May you see the light of the distant stars.
… And if anyone can help me discover more about the origins of the quote, please do let me know!