Polaris

The star that is commonly referred to as the “North Star” has been estimated to be approximately 434 light years from earth (or, 133 parsecs, which sounds so very Star Trek, but which, in fact was coined in 1913 by Herbert Turner); in any other words: pretty far away. Yet, for some, it can be used for navigation here on earth, for it reliably identifies True North. A reference, not of this world, for finding your way around on this world (even when a compass or GPS might fail). ‘Course, you have to find it, and you have to know how to use it for navigation, it does not broadcast a text or voice saying to turn left in 200 yards. But, I know from experience that it works.

For me, God, is not of this world, but He helps me navigate my way around this life. As long as I face Him, I know where the Truth is. And I have, all too often, closed my eyes and stumbled around.

There are some that say there is no God, and I have every reason to believe they are sincere. They somehow blunder through life, letting the capricious and arbitrary winds of public opinion and fashion push them from one event to another. I guess you don’t worry about connecting the dots if you believe there is no connection, but how do you decide which dot you should jump to next? Just go with the flow? If I could believe that people are basically good, I still can not believe that people are basically smart. Merely following the butt of the lemming in front of me seems a poor strategy. As my friend, K, likes to point out, the amount of intelligence in the universe is fixed, so with the increase in population, each person is progressively less intelligent. Or, maybe those without an external reference spend their time looking in a mirror for advice? Even Narcissus became a beautiful flower. Naw, I know myself well enuf to know I am not to be relied upon (I know I step upon some common ground with that one!).

I understand what John Gillespie Magee meant when he put out his hand and touched the face of God – oh! how well I know. Antoine de Saint-Exupery is another one that knew. Yes, some of us have the proof of God burned eternally into our hearts.

I’m sorry if you don’t.

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