Stars in the Sunset

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“Some time afterward, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: Do not fear, Abram! I am your shield; I will make your reward very great..
He took him outside and said: Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so, he added, will your descendants be.” (Gen 15:1,5)

When I was at Lake Tekapo, lying under the stars and just being in awe of the large expanse of dazzling stars crowding the night, I could not help but think of God’s promise to Abram. And you would think that Abram would be just as in awe of such a sight. Yet what many people don’t realize is that when God took Abram outside to see the stars, it was actually during the day! (verse 12 would later say: “As the sun was about to set”) This means that when God was trying to show Abram how amazing his future was going to be, Abram could not see it yet!

In the same way, I suspect that when God often makes promises to us of the grand and wonderful plan He has for us, many of us are unable to see it, or even imagine how it’s going to look like! Such was the faith and trust Abram had in God even when he could not see. But if what I saw (for 3 cold but awestruck nights if I may add) was nothing short of amazement and wonder, of breathtaking beauty and unthinkable sights, how much more amazing and astounding and unthinkable and unimaginable would God’s plans for us be, even if we can’t really see it! Will I dare look into the sky in bright daylight and still choose to believe in the incredible plan God has for me that might only reveal itself ‘when the sun sets’?

In this season of my life, God is challenging me to look up at something unimaginable and unthinkable. It is scary and uncertain to say the least, but it also comes with great excitement and anticipation as to what unimaginable sights I shall eventually come to behold when the time comes! But for now, I shall just be contented lying under the sky in broad daylight, patiently waiting for night to fall, and for God’s amazing plan to slowly unfold, and possibly even catch a few shooting stars like I did at Lake Tekapo!


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Nicholas Lye

Nicholas Lye

Nicholas Lye is a Singaporean currently on a year's sabbatical from the seminary, discerning his path in life and striving to facilitate encounters with God in the workplace and ordinary life.

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