Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
Star Light, Star Bright is an old English nursery rhyme that in only four lines captures the feeling we all feel when looking up at the sky on a starry night. Which one of us hasn’t looked up on a quiet evening when everything is still and made a wish while focusing our eyes on the twinkling stars? There really is something magical about the night sky with all the wonder it has to offer: stars as far as the eye can see, the Milky Way, comets, constellations, planets, and the moon. It shows us our seasons and gives us wonderful shows like meteor showers and lunar eclipses. But most of all, the night sky full of stars causes us to sit and reflect on our lives and our hopes and dreams. I don’t know why, but it does.
It’s sobering to think that when I was a child looking up at the stars, they really did seem magical and the universe filled me with wonder, but now the older I get, that magic is going away. I still get a deep sense of awe, but it’s not the same. The troubles of life, the stress and responsibilities, the knowledge of what the world is really like has a way of removing the mystery that is found in the universe and God’s creation. It’s like your soul doesn’t have the energy to care to wonder and see the magic like when you were a child. It’s a shame, really, because it’s that sense of wonder and curiosity about life that keeps us young.
Still, the twinkling of the stars, the surrounding silence, and the stillness in the air, does cause us to relax and reflect no matter how old we become. We reflect on life, relationships, loved ones, and maybe even our hopes and dreams. We all need a quite time and place to unwind and reset our tired spirit from time to time less we break. For me, the night sky is one of my quiet places. What can be better than the heavens?
Do I still wish upon star like when I was a child? No, I ask God instead. But still, the magic of making a wish is something that doesn’t leave no matter how old we get. Just like a prayer, there’s hope in it and that hope is what drives many of us forward through this busy life we live.
What are your wishes and when’s the last time you looked up at the night sky and made a wish?