Two weeks ago I moved my little sister from her home of forty-five years to an Adult Care Home. Miraculously, she went without a murmur. Now I am cleaning out her house and getting it ready for sale. It is a sad, sad time for both of us.
There has been no time to think about my blog, so I have decided to recycle one of my favorites: “YOU COULD BE SWINGING ON A STAR.”
You will understand that lately, at least emotionally, I haven’t been doing much star swinging. I have been muddling around in stark, painful reality, but I am reminded continually—God is there. Even in these circumstances, I can sit with Him “…in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” I am hanging on to the stars!!! You can hang on with me.
YOU COULD BE SWINGING ON A STAR
“Would you like to swing on a star
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a…”
“Swinging on a Star” was an academy award winning song, in 1944, when WW II was in full swing. Burke and Van Heusen, song writers for Bing Crosby’s forthcoming movie, “Going My Way,” were told to write a song that amounted to the Ten Commandments with a rhythm section. The producers wanted to positively influence the viewing audience to a better way of living. That’s pretty amazing! Don’t you think?
The premise of the song is that we can be satisfied with who we are never aspiring to be better or to do more. The cute and entertaining lyrics give us a choice. We can choose to be like the stubborn, stupid mule, the fat, lazy and extremely rude pig, or the slippery, aimless fish. Or we can shoot for the stars and become more than we ever dreamed.
Most of us have had and still have dreams, many of them not yet realized. And, sadly enough, for one reason or another, some of our dreams will never come true.
We dream of establishing families and homes and careers. We dream of wealth and conquest. We dream of scaling mountains and sailing seas of writing books and composing songs.
As a young girl, I dreamed of handsome suitors, and bouffant wedding gowns, of sweet, plump, cooing babies, and a preacher husband with whom I would captivate the multitudes. I dreamed, also, of becoming a famous writer with a vast following.
In fact, I spent the first half of my life just yearning to be noticed—to feel important. I wanted to be included, to be one of the “in” crowd—the popular bunch. I was raised by Godly parents, who did not allow me to participate in many things my peers enjoyed. Consequently, I sometimes felt that I was on the outside looking in never part of what was really happening.
]Looking back, now, I realize that many of my young dreams, dreams that are common to most little girls, never came true. A bit of sadness comes with that realization. Yet, those unfulfilled dreams were replaced with bigger, better almost unimaginable goals. When you can’t have what you think you want, you don’t give up and do nothing. You fasten your hopes on something else. I was taught to be strong and determined, enterprising and energetic. My Mom was not the “giving up” type, nor am I.
\When that groom and bouffant wedding gown didn’t materialize, I knew I couldn’t sit down and quit, so I concentrated on my education and got on with my life. I fastened my heart and mind on a new dream—a new hope.
Psalm 39:7 says, “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.”
When Christ truly became the center of my life, my hopes and dreams changed. Being noticed, being important, being in the limelight didn’t matter so much anymore. I hitched my wagon to the stars and sang the old song, “I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord. I’ll be what you want me to be.” And that’s exactly what I did!
I must tell you that I have been swinging on a star for close to fifty years. I have never aspired to be an astronaut exploring the far reaches of space, but God has blessed me “…with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Eph. 1:3.
I have never been invited to the White House or Buckingham Palace, but every day I worship at the throne of Almighty God, and I speak daily with The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
I will not be satisfied with the status quo, because, even at the age of eighty with diminished physical strength and glaring family needs, I believe God yet has bigger and better things for me. I’m excited!!!
Here is the message. YOU HAVE A CHOICE! Like the stupid, stubborn mule, you can spend your time kicking and braying at the inequality of life. You can, like the rude pig, snort around in the slop of this world searching in vain for some satisfying morsel, or like the slippery fish, you can go with the flow aimlessly swimming to and fro eventually snagged by some fisher’s hook. Don’t you know? God has something better for you.
“You can be better than you are.
You could be swinging on a star.”
Eph. 1:3. “How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him.”
THE SUN WILL COME 0UT TOMORROW!!!