Light It Up Like a Comet

I am a big fan of all things heavenly, and that includes the stars, planets, comets and harvest moons. There’s just something powerful about gazing at a starry sky. It leads me so easily to think about how beautiful and inspiring our Creator and his creation truly is.

Where I live, light pollution is a definite reality. Meteor showers come, but I’ve never seen one. Not that I haven’t tried. I’ve set my alarm for three a.m., and trudged to the back yard wrapped in a blanket to await the show. But it never comes.

It’s exciting to visit my sister in Colorado, or my daughter who lives in a rural area. The night skies there are sprinkled thickly with stars. I can see planets too, and full constellations. But the best thing to see is a comet, following its path as it streaks across the sky trailing that tail of sparks.

Scientists refer to comets in less glowing terms. They call them “dirty snowballs” or “snowy dirtballs.” Um…really? Comets are made of dust, ice, carbon dioxide, ammonia and a host of other elements. These uninspiring clumps of rock and dust are actually the size of a small town.


When a comet’s orbit brings it close to the sun, it heats up and spews dust and gases into a giant glowing head larger than most planets.


In other words, these very plain, lackluster clumps of dirt only become an inspiring light in the sky when it’s heated by the sun. Only when it comes in contact with the sun’s energy will it be transformed to light and flame and movement.

Comets are a perfect metaphor for spiritual life.

Our bodies are made up of everyday elements too. Humans are mostly oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. In spite of our rather plain ingredients, we are priceless works of art. We all are capable of living on this earth, and using our unique gifts to benefit our corners of the world. We may not attract much attention, but we are part of God’s creation, giving us the dignity of belonging to him and to all created things.

We can go through life that way, but, we can also choose to be so much more than that.

If we make the decision to come close to our Creator, establishing a relationship with him, the power God gives in his grace changes everything. Like the energy of the sun, grace transforms and empowers, allowing us to shine in his light. No longer living only in the physical, we are activated in a spiritual life. We become a bright, attractive and inspiring child of God. We have the power to light up the world around us.

Not all comets get close enough to the sun to transform. But everyone on earth has the choice to approach God to be changed, to never be the same.

So, how about you? Are you ready to light up your world? I am. I want to be God’s comet.

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57 thoughts on “Light It Up Like a Comet

  1. I loved this one, Ceil!

    “In other words, these very plain, lackluster clumps of dirt only become an inspiring light in the sky when it’s heated by the sun.”


    WOHOO! Raising a triumphant fist in the air for clumps everywhere.

    • Hi Sandi! You go girl! We are all those clumps of dirt until God lights us up with his own holy glow. Then…just watch us light up the world!

      I know you’re lighting up your corner of the world my friend,

  2. I’ve learned new things about comets today, and what a great illustration of how God can take our “ordinary” and transform it into something that lights up the world and makes an impact for him! As you say, it’s our choice whether to draw close and let him shine through us. I love the photos too- they really bring your message to life.

    • Hi Lesley! Doesn’t it seem that the comet is a perfect metaphor for our spiritual lives? I love the idea of being “lit up” by God’s holy light when we come to him. He wants us to shine and attract with the light of Christ, bringing so many to him. Bring on the comets!

      Thank you for your kind comment about the images in the post. I’m so glad they helped bring the message across. And thank you too for the Twitter share!

  3. What a sweet breath of fresh air this post, my friend! Thanks! Never thought about this analogy and I am “all in”! I cannot say I have ever been blessed to see a comet even though I live in an area where I frequently see stars and constellations and planets (unless it is one of those cloudy times in NE Ohio). Have a blessed week ahead.

    • Hi Pam! I think it’s all about where you live in order to see a comet. And timing of course. I just love that there’s another reason to appreciate the light from these streaking heavenly bodies…I want to be like them, carrying with me the light of Christ.

      Have a great week too my friend!

  4. I’m with you, Ceil! I’ll be God’s comet any and every day!
    It’s a coincidence, or maybe not, that my post next Friday is all about shining God’s light into the world. May we all be warmed by God’s Son-shine and bring flames of hope to a weary and darkened world.
    Blessings, my friend!

  5. Sometimes, when it is really dark and it is a cloudless night, I stand in the backgarden and look up at hundreds and hundreds of stars. It makes me feel so small looking up at this universe above me. Sometimes, if I am really lucky, I can also hear the church bells from a nearby church. The wind has to be in the right direction though. It is so nice and peaceful standing there, looking up, and hearing the church bells in the distance.

    The world is charged with the grandeur of God. (Gerard Manley Hopkins).

    God bless.

    • Hi Victor! That just sounds beautiful Victor. I’d love that too, right down to the church bells. The sight of the night skies really does inspire the awe of God’s creation.

      That quote is perfect for what you wrote too. May we always see the ‘grandeur of God’ in our lives, day by day.
      Sunday blessings to you my friend,

  6. I love seeing a pure night sky too. It’s rare for me too though. 🙁
    “Like the energy of the sun, grace transforms and empowers, allowing us to shine in his light.” Amen! Thanks for sharing this, Ceil.

    • Hi Lisa! I like your new photo and haircut!

      Thank you for your kind words about the post. We are so blessed to share in the light of Christ, and to shine for all to see.

      Hope you had a great weekend,

  7. And you ARE His comet, my friend. Shining a bright and glorious light here in the blogging community, blessing us all in so may ways! You are a blessing, and I am so thankful to walk this Christian journey with you. May the Lord bless you and keep you ever near His side!

    • Oh my Cheryl, thank you so much for your supportive and lovely comment. You know I feel the same about you…it’s so great to have such wonderful blog friends who can support and encourage.

      God bless you and and your family always,

  8. I love this Ceil, how you paralleled comets with us! Yes, I am pretty messy, but my light can shine through all of the dirty stuff when I turn to the light! And I’m ready to light up the world each moment. Remembering to get out of my own way by not focusing on the mess, but instead His amazing grace helps me to light the darkness.

    • Hi Lynn! I like your thoughts about focusing on Christ and not the mess. We know (and God does too) that we are imperfect. We need the light of Christ to help us glow and light up our worlds. I know you do that already in yours. It really is a wonderful thing.

      Wishing you the grace to fill your soul with light,

    • Hi Mari! I really didn’t know that myself. It’s so fun to delve in and learn about creation.

      I know you are a light at work and at home. You bring your light to all the patients you serve, and your family too!
      Have a peaceful night,

  9. Hi Ceil, what a beautiful analogy. And what a joy it is to come close to the sun (Son) to be touched and changed forever.
    Great post
    God bless

    • Hi Tracy! It is a joy to be ‘lit up’ by the Son. I really enjoyed learning about comets, and how they become so visible by the energy of the sun. I hope I can be like that in my spiritual life.

      God bless you too my friend,

  10. Love this analogy, Ceil! Perfect! I saw my first meteor shower this past year–a truly amazing sight! Talk about going out in a blaze of glory! Oh, to give God such glory in my later years!

    • Oh Pam, that must have been so cool to see! I’d love to have the opportunity to see a comet/meteor shower someday. I like your choice of the words ‘blaze of glory’. May we always be moving in the light of the Lord, a true blaze of glory too!

      Happy Monday,

  11. Here I was, reeled in by your description of rural areas and brighter comets. I’m happy to live here, I’m thinking, because of the clear skies at night and all the activity we can see most nights. And then you challenge us to be living comets, kind of, in the kingdom of God where our brightness shows and glorifies Him. I better step up my game now if I am smug to live in clear night skies!!!!! Help me shine, Lord!

    • Hi Mary! I don’t think you have much trouble shining. I met you and you radiate joy and faith my friend. You match the clear Arizona night sky!

      It is a challenge to live the way God wants us to, but we sure have a better chance by having a relationship with him. I loved that idea as I read about how comets light up the night.

      Have a great day!

  12. I will never look at a comet in the same way again, Ceil. I LOVE this analogy of how God’s grace takes dirty and insignificant and transforms and empowers it to shine for Him! I love the significance of the photos, too. Thank you for this inspiration! Love and hugs!

    • Hi Trudy! I was really taken back by the nicknames for comets. I always thought they were a fireball, but I learned that wasn’t true. Such a good metaphor for us and God.

      Thank you for your kind words about the images on the post. I really enjoyed looking for them.
      Have a blessed Monday, love and hugs right back to you!

  13. I agree, it is a wonderful metaphor! I love seeing life’s lessons and parallels emerge in God’s creation. So glad you shared this, Ceil. 🙂 Have a great week!

  14. Hi Ceil!
    Thank you for these inspiring words today. Truly we can only be who we were created to be when we have Jesus as our Savior and Lord–allowing Him to shine out through us. I try to keep myself aware of how little I can do (ministry wise, especially) on my own steam. It’s powerful to consider that I’m God’s work of art–a work that is currently in progress.

    I’ll do my best to remember to share this tomorrow; I’m needing to get off the computer soon.

    Blessings on your week!


    • Hi Kim! You are always so generous with your sharing of my content, thank you so much for your encouragement.

      Alone, we can’t do much, but with the grace of God, anything is possible. I love your humility, and I think you are so right. Alone, we can’t do much. But with the grace of God, anything is possible. May God continue to shine through your ministry!

    • Hi Lulu! Thank you for your enthusiastic comment! I think we all have that inner desire to shine for the Lord…you sure do 🙂

      Blessings right back to you, and have a great day,

    • Hi Bill! It’s really inspiring for me to think of being that beautiful light to others.

      Thank you for visiting today Bill. Hope you are continuing your healing, and feeling stronger every day.

  15. Great post!
    God is so amazing. All of creation points us to Him.
    I don’t want to just be carbon and hydrogen, etc. I want to shine bright for Him, letting His light shine through me.

    Life is so short, I pray I make the most of each day for Him.

    • Hi TC! We are in the same camp then my friend. If we can be so much more than just our ‘parts’ why wouldn’t we jump at the chance? Being close to God means we can be so much more than we are right now. Bring it on!

      I hope we both light it up for him. You are so right, life is too short to do anything less.

    • Hi Debby! I bet the star-gazing out your way is amazing. Maybe someday you’ll see those comets, I still hold out hope for me too. In the meantime, let’s just be like them and light up our worlds!

      Have a wonderful Wednesday,

  16. “We have the power to light up the world around us.” Thank you for saying this. I receive it! LOVE that last photo of the boy and his dad or granddad. Wonderful!!!
    Happy, grace-filled day, Jen

    • Hi Jeanette! I love candles and sparkles and comets…I love light! It’s a powerful presence and image to me. I’m so glad it is for you too.

      That last photo is really sweet, isn’t it? They are both so filled with light!


  17. Being blessed to have such clear skies here, I have seen many a shooting star streak across the sky, but I don’t think I’ve seen a comet. Probably because I’m too sound asleep at 3 a.m. to get up and go outside, lol! But your description of a comet – they are as big as the size of a town? My word! I never knew that… and then what you said about our human bodies being made up of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon.. yet the amazing thing is that though there are millions of us, none are the same…and then the thought that we really are nothing without the light of Christ shining through us, wow! Amazing analogy that you have shared. Appreciate your writing so much, and the light you are in this blogging community!

    • Hi MM! Thank you for your comment, and how you found so many things that made you admire creation. It is just overwhelming how we are all different, so many variations on the same basic building blocks. God is certainly an artist!

      I hope I do see a comet someday. I have seen a few shooting stars, and it makes me want to see more of those too. I will have to spend some time out in the country where it’s darker.
      Thank you for your kindness in saying I am a light. I can honestly say the same about you. Aren’t we lucky to be connected through our blogs?

  18. Nice Post, Ceil. I agree. When in the greater Cincinnati area, there’s way too much pollution. However, when we venture to our property, deep in rural Kentucky, Gods message, that’s in the skies and in nature is very clear. It reminds me of Romans 1, every time I go.

    I also like your allusion to draw a correlation between the comets and the remnant. We do shine brightly when when are near the Son.

    Again, Good Job!

    • Hi Keith! Thank you for your kind comments about the post. I’ll bet your place in Kentucky makes for beautiful sky-gazing. It really is a wonder when I’m in a rural area, the sky is nothing like what I’m used to.

      May we all be lights, as we come close to our Creator!

  19. We live away from the city, but not quite rural enough to get away from pollution, unfortunately. I didn’t even realize how dark it could get in rural areas until I was much older! When I was young, I just assumed the sky looked different no matter where you live.

    • Hi Stephanie! I have always been amazed by the sky view in rural areas. It’s so much different than my own experience. Love it!

      Have a great weekend,

  20. God often speaks to me through His wonderfully awesome handiwork and the nighttime sky is a favorite. I have seen a couple meteor showers right from our backyard and it was amazing. Most every evening I look out the window up at the night sky and marvel at what God has created. Great post.

    • Hi Mindy!! I wish I lived close to you, I’d LOVE to see those meteor showers. I think sometimes I should have gone into the study of the planets and stars. So breathtaking.

      It’s so great to see you again here. I hope all is well with you?

    • Hi Alison! Wouldn’t this world be a beautiful place if that were true? I hope I can keep the thought of being God’s comet with me during my day. We can all go out and light up the world with tenderness and love. That sounds amazing…

      Have a great weekend!

  21. I knew I liked you. I love the stars and my kids laugh because I would walk them up in the middle of the night for meteors and eclipses. I want to go to one of those dark night parks in summer just to watch the stars. Lots of reminder and lessons up there,

    • Hi Jean! I would offer to wake my kids, but their interest level was definitely not the same as mine. Oh well…maybe someday?

      If you can find a nice, dark and safe park, I’d say go for it. What wonders there are just above us!

  22. Ceil you never disappoint with your stories and your powerful parallels to faith. This was beautiful and I will have the image of a comet in my mind and inspiring my heart for days to come…

    I love it. May we all light up all the corners of the earth with His Light exploding through us!

    • Hi Chris! I do love the heavenly lights, and they certainly do show how light can inspire. That’s what I’d like to do, and I love your prayer that we would all do that with the light we have inside of us.

      Have a peaceful, light-filled night!

  23. Hi Ceil, great stuff! learning some interesting things about creation here today. God is amazing and I’m greatful for His transforimng power. I pray to yield more and more to reflect His will and purpose for me on planet Earth.

    Blessings and have a lovely weekend :))

    • Hi Shade! It’s always great to see you!

      I will join you in your prayer to unite myself to the will of God. I know I will be happy there, and make him happy too.


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