“Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out the word of life…” Philippians 2:14-16
Lately, I crave summer: swim suits, laying on the beach, driving with the music blaring and the windows down, fluffy happy books, shorts and tank tops, flip flops, going out on the lake, meteor showers, star gazing, looking at the moon, sitting on the deck or dock, and happy summer music. In response to my craving, I’ve decided that my room is now summer. Basically, I wear shorts and a tank top. Pretend the heater and the sleeping bag are just for fun and look at the happy summer pictures while listening to happy music. My heart is extra happy so all of this fits.
Alright, so by now you may be wondering how the verse above fits into all this talk about summer. Well then, let me tell you a little bit about today. Today the weather was warm, sunny and perfect. I wore flip flops, ate delicious pancakes with mixed berries (I love and miss fresh berries like strawberries and blueberries!), walked around outside and read Gone With the Wind. But the best part consisted of later at night when the stars came out. Tentative plans to watch a movie were thwarted by other events, which turned into new plans to star gaze by the pond. To be prepared, I outfitted myself with my sleeping bag, two pairs of pants (one with stars on them of course), lots of layers, a hat, mittens and even socks (I hate socks, but thanks mom for sending me some…though I really don’t need more…I really hate them!).
Needless to say, God blew me away with His creation. Everything made me smile and soak in the beautiful night. The moon hid away until the right time when we saw its amazing orangish color and sat astounded at its huge size. The shooting stars took my breath away and I got sad whenever someone else saw one, but I missed it. The random conversation took the edge off the rest of the day. And I’m still pondering which names fit the category of a “cuddly” name. Yet, through all of this, I return my thoughts to God to thank Him for a wonderful ending to another day. To ask Him to help me show that kind of beauty and light to everyone around me. To live out the call to shine like stars and take people’s breath away. To glorify His name and live a life full of love in such a way that others see Him.
Because that’s when my heart is happy.