"Star Signs!"
(Bob Perks - Bob@IWishYouEnough.com)

11-7-02 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #213
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"Star Signs!"
(Bob Perks - Bob@IWishYouEnough.com)

I don't know why. I just haven't paid much attention to them lately. I always did before. It was a place for me to go when things weren't the way I'd like them to be.

I'm a dreamer. I'm a star gazer. I love getting lost in places outside myself. But lately I just haven't taken notice. That happens when the burden of life get so heavy that you find yourself looking down. It's so much easier. You know the weight of all those worries makes your head heavy and then your shoulders slump because of the weight of the world on them.

But the other night, for just a second, I glanced up at the sky.

I happen to park at the far end of the mall lot. The lighting is dim and the sky appears a little brighter on a good clear night.

The best place is in the country, far from the city lights. The stars look like a carpet of glitter spread over the sky. It is so intense for me that my heart pounds with excitement.

I was just about to get in my car when I noticed one single star that caught my attention. That's when I picked my head up. I took this incredible deep breath that could have created a void of oxygen for anyone within five feet of me.

It felt awesome!

"Looking for star signs?" someone said nearby.

It startled me for a moment. Re-adjusting my eyes to the lighted area nearby I saw an older woman standing there.

"Oh, hello," I said. "Something caught my eye off in the distance. Then I got lost in the sky."

"That's a star sign," she said.

"I'm not into astrology. What's a star sign?" I asked.

"No, I don't believe in astrology," she said firmly. "When we are going through difficult times, we often miss all the signs and signals that life is throwing in our path. So, just when it seems darkest, God takes advantage of it."

She paused for a moment. I wanted to pretend that there was really nothing wrong in my life. I wanted to put on the face of perfection and brush away her remarks. But for whatever reason, I accepted it. God always sends people to me, why wouldn't He send her with this message?

She continued.

"The best way to get someone's attention, when all they can see is darkness, is to be the light. The bright star on the horizon is what caught your attention."

"How did you...?"

"Things aren't looking up for you so He grabbed your attention at eye level. When He has to, he'll place someone at your feet who is willing to stoop down to help another."

Still standing in the same spot, we continued to look skyward.

"But what are Star Signs?"

"They are little bright spots in the darkness of your spirit. Many believe that Heaven is somewhere up in the clouds, perhaps mixed in with the stars and planets and God resides there. When we pray we look up. When we are agonizing over loss or tragedy we lower our heads. Star signs remind you that, in the light, there is beauty and God is within the light. Finally the light that shines the brightest is within you, so is God."

"So then the answer to my problem is..."

"To be the light. If the stars give you so much relief, so much pleasure, so much hope, then be the light."

I stood there for a moment thinking about what she said. She was right.

Turning to thank her, I discovered she was gone. I didn't hear a car start and drive away. She never said goodbye. She was gone.

I headed home and stood in my back yard where my piece of the sky was waiting for me. As I looked up I discovered a million "star signs." Like words written across a blackboard I found the answer to my problem...

Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help someone else.

I hope this helped.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thank You for this Reminder!!!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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