Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
I love to contemplate the universe. Sometimes it’s easy, and it really helps to put my life in the proper perspective. It keeps me humble and open-minded because, in the big scheme of things, my tiny brain is really a speck of dust. Other times I am so consumed with myself and this world, that I actually forget the big picture. During those times I become anxious, fearful, indignant, selfish, and egotistical. I get caught up in doing, controlling, fixing, and I don’t set aside the time to pray and reflect. I need to remember what it’s all about. Genesis 3:19 reminds me: “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
Last night when I finally took a moment for reflection, I got to thinking about the universe expansion theory (yeah, I know that’s not normal!). It just fascinates me that the Earth is but a crumb amidst an infinite and expanding universe. I considered the formation of new stars, and I thought: Imagine if each new star being formed is a soul that has been lifted up and is in a state of transition. It's like a purgatory of sorts as the various changes take place until a new star emerges and shines brightly in all its splendor. Envision the entire expanding universe as an immeasurable heaven -- a heavenly kingdom burning brilliantly -- some of it before our very eyes -- and all of it surrounding us with light, promise, and security.
I’m no scientist, but I know a little about the formation of stars, and that formation begins “within clouds of dust.” There is a powerful force involved and pressure and fusion. It’s a magnificent process and a continual one -- a process of dust, motion, force, collapse, and rebirth. It is absolutely awesome. St. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 40: “There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the brightness of the heavenly is one kind and that of the earthly another. The brightness of the sun is one kind, the brightness of the moon another, and the brightness of the stars another. For star differs from star in brightness.” Yes they do, as do souls.
It’s an exciting world and universe -- an astonishing life surrounded by infinite mysteries. All of it involves dust, force, motion, light, darkness, birth, death, and rebirth. It’s happening all around us, and we take it for granted. We are shrouded in mystery yet given many promises. “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” Until then, look up, believe, pray, repent, and let your light shine here on Earth.
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