I began singing probably as soon as I could make audible noises. You couldn’t get the mic from me during Christmas karaoke. I would make far too much noise, in our family car, singing along to Britney Spears (no shame).
I have been doing something that has put me in front of people for most of life. People tend to say nice things, little encouragements and kind comments. A funny one, that has been oddly present, especially since my recent opportunity to be on American Idol, is; “You’re a star!”. Jokingly, people would call me a superstar. I found it pretty funny and would laugh along. However, over time, I did find it interesting that this specific phrase kept coming up.
The Lord chimed in one day to bring some clarity. He’s really good at that:
As I prayed He said to me, “Melanie, you are a star.”
“Ah, thank you Lord, that is sweet” I replied.
Slowly, He specified, “Melanie…. You are one star.”
Hmmm…. Okayyy. Not quite tracking…
Graciously, He nudged me along with a simple question;
“What is a sky with one star compared to a sky full of stars?”
Wow. I was silent.
In my opinion, it is very easy to recognize that a multitude of radiant stars in the sky is profoundly more beautiful than simply one. While each is significant and irreplaceable, the collection of them carries a glory that is unattainable when there are only a few.
In Genesis 22, right after Abraham is stopped from sacrificing Isaac, the Lord says to Abraham,
I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.
Clearly, God’s purpose for salvation extended beyond that father and son. Yes, ever since the promise to Abraham it has been about “us,” not necessarily “I” or “me”.
It is true that you, yes YOU, are magnificently crafted by God, which makes you one heck of a star. Standing in confidence of this is crucial. Your individual calling, gifts and “star-ness” find their value in the way in which they contribute to the whole.
We are the family of God. Ask Him for global vision. As His people it is crucial that we align with His heart for the bigger picture – That ALL the nations would be blessed.
May we ask for eyes to see beyond our own individual legacies, and understand the need for His global Church to burn brightly like a sky full of stars, led by the Morning Star Himself (Revelation 22:16).
So come on my fellow stars! His glory will be revealed in our unity. Let’s go see the world ignited with the LIGHT of the gospel.
Melanie Tierce is a 21-year-old worship leader and songwriter from Murrieta, CA. She is currently in the beloved whirlwind of life as an undergraduate, soon to receive a degree in Music from Azusa Pacific University with a minor in Biblical Studies.
Melanie believes so deeply in the power of art within the Earth, including its incredible role within the Church. Whether it takes the form of songs, stories, dances, blogs (hey hey!) or a combination of all of the above, she hopes to have a life of creating honest art, as a passionate participant in God’s ministry of reconciliation.
Melanie’s motto is found in one of her favorite songs that simply says, “may we never lose our wonder”. Above everything else, she hopes to always be one that radically enjoys the Lord with a sense of awe, while being His missionary in any field He sees fit.