Day four was the day He spoke and I and all the others came
into being. In an instant we were there-- all different sizes and
with many different instructions. We had different positions in
different galaxies, and some even had planets orbiting. We are the
lights of the sky. Each light had it’s own task; He set us in place
to mark seasons and years with bright lights to light up the sky
for all to see.
I am a star that had instructions that set me apart from
the rest. I was dull. I made no light and went on being unnoticed
and even looked down on by the other stars. The others shone like
they had something to boast about, and I sat with my dullness
unnoticed and I waited.
The earth’s sky was unlike any other atmosphere: around the
planet earth it was a clear blue, and we all felt that it was like
He had his focus on that speck of a planet. Why would He have so
much care for such a little thing?
He still was working, and as I focused in to see what he
was doing, He filled the blue planet with life. The sky was filled
with birds and the waters were filled with all kinds of life. He
filled the land with plants that have never been seen before and
then He filled the land with many different kinds of animals to
roam the earth.
Then he took a breath and paused, and took some dirt and
was rubbing it together in His hands as he thoughtfully formed
another. He formed it differently from everything else, and He
breathed into the form and spoke to it. All his creation he spoke
into existence, but this one He formed with His hands and spoke to
it. He made this one to be His representative on the earth, to rule
and to reign with Him over the earth and all that was on it:
animals and plants, water and land. Out of all that He spoke into
being, he never took the time with His hands to form, nor did He
breathe into or speak to any of the others but this one.
Watching how he spoke to his representative was amazing. He
gave him instructions on how to care for the world that he was
placed in. “Out of all the trees around,” He told him, “of one tree
you must not eat.”
It seemed that He was done. He stopped, and watched, and rested.
Everything was absolutely perfect.
Time went by and He was always watching his representative,
and coming down to see how things were going and to see what His
representative would do with all that was given to him.
As time went by, the representative was given a companion
to rule with and the commands that were given to him became a
distant memory as time passed. One day there was a new creature,
different from all the rest, a serpent that hung on the branches of
the forbidden tree, proclaiming words to question His commands.
The creature questioned His character for keeping something away
that looked so desirable. The creature said that He was keeping it
away because it would make them like Him, being all powerful and
all knowing. This creature was cunning, and the representative
doubted His commands not to eat.
The representatives took and ate what was not meant for
them. All seemed surreal and wonder filled the air. I, a distant
star, wondered with along with everything else: could this simple
act of disobedience be overlooked? We all knew that it could not be
overlooked. The perfect had doubted, the perfect had taken what was
not meant for them, instead of receiving what was meant for them.
Everything waited to see what He would do.
Evening came and He came down to visit his representatives
like he had always done before, but something was very different.
The representative was hiding. Being deceived by the creature
brought confusion, fear and doubt and they thought they could hide.
He called out to them, and as they shook in fear, all was made
known. He had to step away and let his representative choose to
serve the created creature or the creator.
He made a promise to be reconciled to his representives,
and as a sign, he clothed them. He no longer walked with them in
the evening, and the representatives were left to themselves and to
their choice, which made it hard for them to hear Him.
As I watched with the others, things were happening and
things were changing. I watched all the others marking the seasons,
and over the whole world His representatives grumbled under the sky
as their rulers rose and fell. The world was in turmoil and I sat
and waited for His word.
Representatives multplied and grew in numbers year after
year. So few thought of Him. All that the representatives wanted
was to take for themselves, always taking and killing, never
thinking of Him. Years turned to centuries and the representatives
forgot who they were and turned to all kinds of false ideas which
only caused more pain and death and loss. Kings ruled and nations
rose and fell but no one seemed any better, all they wanted was
more for themselves.
It seemed like there was no hope left and that maybe He had
not any plan at all for His representives. But I remembered that I
had instructions all these years as I sat in my dullness of light
and waited. As I watched all the other lights make their way in
their circuits, I just watched the world in its turmoil. It seemed
all hope was lost. My instructions were to wait for His command,
but I had waited for so long.
All at once I heard His voice: it was not loud but it was
like a wave that all the stars and planets heard. This wave of
sound resounded throughout the galaxy. It was a sound that was
felt. He spoke to me and said TIME. No other star knew what it
meant, but I knew and I began to shine. I outshined every other
star in the night sky. He gave me a time to shine for all who would
look up in the night sky to see, and I shone so bright that every
one who looked at the night sky would notice. My shining was to
proclaim the coming of the Savior of the world. He was going to
send His Son to become a representative, so that all
representatives could become sons and daughters through His Son.
His Son brought all who would belive into sonship. He did this by
paying the ransom for all acts of taking and killing, all acts of
disobedience since the eating of the fruit. He paid this with a Son
for all representives to become sons. This Son was the fullfillment
of the promise that was made to the representatives so they could
be reconciled to Him.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but
to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not
condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already
because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only
Son.” John 3:16-18