.....He also made the stars
Even as little children, we were fascinated by the stars. We recited the children's poem, "Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky, twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are. At some point, we've all been fascinated by the stars.
We see them as little speckles in the heavens, winking and blinking. Yet they are huge in size, and some are millions of miles away. They are so close, yet so far away. They are so small that we can touch them in our gaze with the tip of our finger, but they are so large in reality that some can even dwarf the entire planet.
Our enchantment has grown to the point that we study their movements and predict our life patterns based on them. We call ourselves Capricorns, Libras, and a variety of other names based on our belief in the movement of the stars and their impact on us.
Our movie heroes are "stars" to us because they are bigger than life, lingering in front of us, just close enough for us to admire them but far enough away to keep us in awe. In Hollywood, there is a famous walk of the stars. Children who perform well in school get stars by their names on charts. Truly, we are fascinated by the stars.
There are myths about stars, too. Some believe that seeing a falling star will bring luck, just as seeing the first star can grant a wish.
Despite their vastness, beauty, and awesomeness, the stars are just part of God's creation. A very small part, yet he is aware of everyone of them.
Just as God made every star and set the physics and science in motion that cause them to twinkle and shine, he also knows each person he created. In all of the vastness and beauty of his creation of stars, suns, moons, and galaxies, God is mindful of every person that He has created. David in Psalm 8:4 asks, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? It was a question asked in awe of God's power and his concern for each of us.
African-Americans can learn to cultivate our own sense of self-worth. God's word encourages us to see ourselves as shining stars in our own right, capable of impacting our own lives and the lives of others positively. He made everything, including the billions of African-American shining stars.