Star Struck

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psa 37:4 NIV

I sleep really well, except for last Wed night. What do you do when you can’t sleep? Psalm 23 is a good go-to: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want” …except for sleep. “He makes me lie down in green pastures” …where we count sheep…for hours.  I started praying for everyone I could think of, which usually puts me back to sleep, but not this time. As the sleepless hours rolled on I asked God, “Do you have something to tell me?” He invited me to share my heart.

As we dug through the layers of life’s pressures and disappointments, the little girl inside burst forth in tears. “Lord, I want to see the stars. I want to gaze at your creation. I want to walk in the woods, pick wild flowers, hear your voice, and feel your presence.” Then a song flooded my soul. “I’m for you. I’m not against you.”  I thought, how strange.  I don’t feel like God is against me. Then the rest of the lyrics rolled.  “If you want to know how far my love can go, just how deep, just how wide.  If you want to see how much you mean to me.  Look at my hands.  Looks at my side.  If you could count times I’d say you are forgiven.  It’s more than the drops in the ocean.”  The Lord washed these words over me with His love.  And I slept in His Peace.

The next evening I was at dinner with my family, and I shared this story. On the way home we were terrified by what looked like a plane falling from the sky, on fire. It was a falling star over downtown Houston, unmuted by the bright city lights. Steven said, “That is for you.” I wondered, how long had that star been falling into that perfect window of time to encourage my heart?

With that bright star the Lord showed me that he hears me, he is intimately aware of the desires of my heart, and only He can fulfill them.  When I felt like my life was strapped so tightly into the rails of life that I couldn’t get off to go see the stars, He brought them to me.  That is the God of love who chases after us with His perfect, unfailing love.

There is no greater romance.

What is a secret desire of your heart?

Tell him, and keep your eyes open.

In His Unfailing Love,


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