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Twinkle, Twinkle
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I remember I was a freshman in college. It was my first semester away from home. And I was on a plane flying from Atlanta into the beautiful city of Miami, Florida, for mid-term break. My heart started racing as the pilot announced we would be arriving in 20 minutes. I pushed up the little plastic curtain on my window seat and was suddenly struck with the most beautiful view. All I could see for miles and miles into the horizon was the flickering lights of the city. I had never seen something so spectacular. How could there be so many lights, so many people in one place. I remember feeling a lump in my throat at the thought of being home, of being in the familiar.

God knows us. God knows what makes us tick. He knows what makes us cry. He knows what makes us laugh so hard that our stomachs hurt. He knows our uneasiness at being moved from our familiar comforts of home into the big, scary world. There’s nothing fun about being in the unfamiliar. Of not knowing what’s coming next. 

The Bible says that God knows everything that concerns us. He knows when the birds fall. He knows when we fall. He knows when we crawl underneath the covers, hoping that the world will just stop for one second. Just one! In Mathew 10:29-30, he writes, “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail – even numbering the hairs on your head!”  What kind of Person takes the time to number the hairs on our head? Only a God that shows us, in everything He does, that we are worth so much more than a little canary.

What Can We Fear?

So what can we fear that God hasn’t already taken care of? Why should we, when we’ve got the God of creation on our side. He’s not just a distant, airy being, disconnected and bothered by our existence. He is a God that yearns to be near us. To be involved in all things “us”. He is a God that wants the little things AND the big ones.

As the plane got closer and closer to my familiar skyline, I thought of how wonderful God’s creation is. This world, with all of its imperfections, gives credit to the notion that there IS a God. As we pulled up to the gate and were welcomed, I thanked God that I was home. There is nothing like being at home. And that’s what God longs for. He longs for us to feel at home with Him, so that one of these days, not too long from now, our amazement won’t come from the twinkle of city lights, but from the twinkling of stars as we live eternally with Him.

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