“So—who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?” says The Holy. Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name—so magnificent! so powerful!—and never overlooks a single one?” –Isaiah 40:25-26 MSG
As night begins to fall, high up in the highest skies, the lights of the night begin to be awoken. It is time for their nightly assignment: light up the skies for God’s earth. Radiance is the first one up and quickly rouses the others to get ready. It will only be a short time for their Lord arrives to call roll and kindle their lights.
“Stars, are you ready for tonight?” God asks, fully aware of the fact that His faithful night servants are always ready to go at the drop of sunset.
“Yes, Father! We are delighted.” Dazzles replies, now completely awake thanks to Radiance’s friendly wake up call.
“Father God, he would not have been ready, if it had not been for me!” Radiance huffs.
“Radiance, stow your jealously. We all know I shine so very bright.” Dazzles counters.
“Here I am!” Bright, the baby of the bunch exclaims, thinking his name has been called.
“Not you Bright, the word bright.” Dazzles corrects.
“Oh I–” Bright begins talking in attempt to salvage some of his dignity.
“I spy with own eyes two of brightest blockheads in the skies tonight.” Radiance says, roaring with laughter.
“All of you just stop! We need each other –”, Sparky says trying to bring the peace, but is interrupted by Glow.
“Yeah, Sparky you need us, because your light only sparks. The rest of us, well at least me, glow all the time.” Glow replies with a chuckle.
“Now, Glow, that is just a dim comment.” Luminous, the elder star of them all chastises.
“What kind of name is Luminous anyway? Luminous…horrendous…” Radiance yells.
“That is enough.” God says with the sternest, but stillest of voices.
“I have let you all carry on long enough and I am very disappointed at your behavior. You all have a responsibility, an important one at that! To light up the night for my children on earth, during what would otherwise be a time of darkness. Not everyone has the opportunity to be stars. I hand crafted each and everyone of you, to be just as your are. The most beautiful and bright…in your own light.”
“God, I apologize for darkening the mood and being selfish.” Radiance says sincerely.
“Yeah, you definitely–” Dazzles starts but is quickly interrupted by God and given a silent warning.
“…Definitely weren’t alone in your selfishness.” Dazzles says, thankful for the quick save.
“Sparky, I’m sorry for my comment. Your scintillating sparks are what make you stand out from everyone else!” Glow says.
“Thanks Glow, you know you are the one who brings the real star show!” Sparky replies.
“And to Luminous, I owe an extra special apology. You have been nothing but kind and helpful to all of us stars. As the oldest, you are greatest star to ever chase away the dark!” Radiance speaks.
“I love the sight of this. Look at how you all are just illuminating. Your love and forgiveness for each other has kindled you all tonight. My touch isn’t necessary! Whose ready for roll call?” God says with a warm smile.
“Yay!” Bright screams.
“Sparky to the North.”
“Glow to the East.”
“Yippee twinkles, Lord.”
“Dazzles to the South.”
“Luminous and Bright to the West.”
“You bet I am!”
“And my sweet Radiance, to the center.”
“The center? God, I –”.
“Am underserving? Yes, you are! And despite your moment of strife tonight, I still love you and will not hold my compassion from you.”
“God, how could I ever repay you for loving me, the unlovable?”
“Radiate so that all the world can see. Gleaming so brilliantly, that all those who have sight, know it is because of Me.”
Roll Call, The PlayStarring: God Sparky Glow Dazzles Radiance Luminous Bright
Hopefully you enjoyed that! Now, there are more (much more) than 6 stars in the sky every night. 6 trillion is probably more accurate, but I would not have been able to keep up with 6 trillion characters! Isaiah 40:25-26, is just one of those verses that truly comes alive for me. And when I was thinking about it today, God gave me this vision of how He marches the stars out at night. How amazing, yet completely unfathomable is that? Maybe God will give me the conclusion of this vision telling me how He marches the stars in 🙂
If God can remember the names of 6 trillion stars, then surely He can remember our names and march us into our bright futures! And He loves us, just as He does Radiance…acting on His love and not our actions…