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Suns & Shields

By Rachelle Hamlin

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Suns are Stars

By: Rachelle Hamlin

Fort Fairfield Journal, April 29, 2015

My IPad has a mind-stretching app called Hubble's Top 100 Images where I go whenever I feel the squeeze of everyday smallness. I look at the majestic pictures of outer space, and read the explanations of what the scenes are. It's so calming to my soul. I am moved by the images of stars; newly formed ones, young ones, established ones and even aging or dying ones. Stars have a life cycle like our own and they are beautiful every step of the way.

The Bible refers to people as stars and as suns, and Daniel prophesied that in the end there would be people who would shine like the stars. That's not too hard to understand. Christ made a number of references to light and darkness in his teachings that have worked their way into common thoughts about words and how they can enlighten troubled minds. The American psyche has come to love its stars. Be they heroes, artists, potiticians or friends, we appreciate anyone whose glittering shadow flickers across our mind as they pass by noticed for something outstanding. We call them stars.

We call our closest star, the Sun. God Himself started the Bible with the Sun's creation and He ended it by exchanging the light of Nature's sun for a new kind of light. In the last chapter of the last book He wrote: “There shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever.” So in heaven He will be the source of all light, a complete fusion of inner and outer light in a city that fuses every good that exists into a kaleidoscope of bliss. What an ending!

We live today in-between the pages of His book, our existence dependent on the physical Sun and our growth of heart and soul dependent on the light which comes from the suns that Daniel referred to; people animated by God's wisdom, grace and anointing. This is why I write to the Suns and the Shields of our time. Suns are not static; their activity ebbs and flows. I want to be an encourager and a facilitator to the people who shine and star in their own shows of faith, wherever they are. It's all a part of a perfect plan.

Isaiah 45: 6,7 (So) “that they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none beside me, I am Lord, no one else. I form the light, and darkness appears. I make peace, and sorrow and wretchedness is seen.”

I see light being formed in the Hubble Telescope images. All those gorgeous newly created stars serve to make us see the vast black emptiness in which they exist. Likewise when peace comes, for example after a war, in the peacetime that follows we see horrible scenes of sorrow and wretchedness that makes peacetime seem like a star set against the dark evils of war. On a smaller scale though, every person who walks earth's lonely paths as an individual sun has the potential to bring peace to situations that are ripping others apart if not physically, then spiritually. If it were not so, Jesus would not have told us in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Isaiah combined the idea of righteousness with peace in the passage quoted above. Verse 45; 8 is a picture of suns pouring righteousness out of skies to bring forth salvation so that both the suns and the saved can spring up together; “I, the Lord, have created it,” it says. Then in verse 45; 24, “Surely shall one say, 'in the Lord I have righteousness and strength'; even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.”

This is what the bright angels sang in the skies above Bethlehem when that first Glorious Star appeared over the birthplace of Our Lord. “Glory to God in the Highest,” they sang. “And on earth peace, good will towards men.” Reconciliation between God and men was then beginning. The war between man and God would soon end. The children of God were about to be ransomed, and God was starting the business of raising up suns to glorify his name in the earth.

You, my sunny reader, are a star shining in a dark place. God created it so that when righteousness appears, whether in words, thoughts or deeds, the misery of the unrighteous, the wretchedness of evil doers would appear in stark contrast to the light. This is the underlying nature of the work of salvation. This is the lifting up of Christ that will draw all men of good will to him. Every time you stand up for what is right, every time you reach out and bring peace to a troubled situation, you can be sure that God is Creating. He made you to co-create order and beauty out of chaos. There is a cooperative unity between God, you and the disturbed souls when the spectacle of light appears in the darkness. This is how God saves and creates peace. Don't be afraid to shine.



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