The Stars Behind Our Sun


published on   July 8, 2014

written by PAUL JOSEPH C.

I am not known to you. I claim no special academic title. I do not profess to be an apologist or a theologian of any kind: I can only profess to be a sinner.
With this said, I would like to share with you, in this fleeting moment, a thought from the minuteness of my intellect.
This is the story of each one of us in the day and in the night.

the wild voice day and night
We know we totally depend on the Sun for our survival. It is the Sun which maintains all life on earth and without which this planet would instantly freeze to its death to fall into the infinite abyss of the Universe. It is also during the sunlight filled day that we wake up, raise from our beds and prepare to dive into the external world outside ourselves and our homes.
People go to work, cars appear on the streets, stores open again, sounds are everywhere, children go to school, restaurants are filled with people, important world events take place, birds fly in our skies and flowers bloom: life explodes in all its glorious aspects as we – and everything around us – awakes and consciously lives with open eyes. And as we are busy focusing on all that we do and think, we forget that it is the Sun above our heads permitting all that works around and inside us to be sustained. Sadly, what results from our forgetfulness is the lack of gratefulness towards God for such a vital gift as we keep on carrying the weight of a thousand thoughts in our mind and of a cup of coffee in our hand while running on the way to work day, after day, after day.

Isn't this how many of us live today?

Then, as the Sun begins to descend below our horizon, it takes its light away from us by establishing its primary role in our "human time": as the king leaves, darkness advances to envelop us into the night. The animals go to sleep, silence starts to settle, people go back into their homes as if to protect themselves from a storm; the stores are closed, the traffic has disappeared, the malls are dark, the kindergartens are silent and the temperature is colder. Nothing out in that blackness inspires our human ambition.
From the beginning of civilization, the night has been portrayed as the sinister brother of the day with its cold, silvery Moon: a dead rock that only occasionally comes out of her hiding place to reveal herself entirely while plagiarizing from the Sun's light for the sake of her own glowing.
The howls of ferocious wolves would be the terror of ancient villages throughout the lands of old Europe while violent crimes are being committed in the darkness of some metropolis' alleys of Century XXI A.D.
And so we all go to sleep each night to rest for the next day as imposed by nature and tradition. 

Night after night. Night after day after night. Always until death.

You, whoever you are reading these obvious lines which bring nothing new under the Sun: during your waking hours, have you ever decided to take a look at that same Sun with your naked eyes? You surely have, as all who ever lived under it, have. The sky is so stunningly beautiful with its intense blue sheet looking like a tropical ocean and yet, the source that makes it so we are not allowed to admire. Its mighty power is almost sacred as the windows to our souls are not equipped to stare at this sphere of fire. The Sun –humanity's best friend, life maintaining star, bringer of light and warmth, witness and cause of the best times of our life and our successes– remains the only thing known to mankind which cannot be looked upon if not at the price of blindness.
At some point, each one of us has found himself to be somewhere in the middle of a nowhere right as that luminous body allows darkness to enter our lives.
We are soon embraced by the frighteningly discomfort of a silent blackness in a lost field where humanity has chosen not to live. Confronted with a tremendous fear of isolation in total realization of our own vulnerable human state, our eyes look at the sky above almost as if in hopeful search of a light that is no longer there.
Then, as an unexpected revelation, a life changing discovery takes place and turns our fear into a most deep sense of wonderment: the dazzling beauty of billions of bright stars flickering on an infinite black dome. As our eyes admire the view of the Universe from a balcony called Earth, we are forced to immediately recognize the atomic size of our very being.
Some of these celestial bodies no longer exist and yet, their light remains visible to us as it takes millions of years to travel and touch our souls. Nothing around us, in these dark deserted hours, can take our awe away from admiring the firmament in its primal state.

My dear friends: on any given day's midday, have you ever stopped whichever activity you were focusing on as if the entire Universe depended on it, to think that those trillions of breathtaking stars are always behind our sky and Sun? The constellations that inspired poets, philosophers, astronomers and travelers for thousands of years are the reality upon us sealed by an illusion similar to the one of a Moon emanating her own light. The same star which the Earth rotates around for its own survival, blinds us to the whole of creation by painting some blue on our window's glass: a billion Suns at night can be stared upon for hours but one Sun at day is forbidden to be glanced for even one instant?

My dear friends, God Speaks to us in the silence of a lonely night. When everything is dark and frightening, He will show us what is found beyond the blinding limits of our earthly minds: the Truth, which exists always and independently from our awareness of It.
The light He Brings does not blind us or burn us like our Sun's because it comes as the light of an infinite number of Suns flickering in the darkness of our lives. Just as fear descends upon us in a dark and lonely place, so does it enter us during those dark times along our path on this remote planet. All we must remember is that, just as a candle light is enough to destroy the darkness of a room, so will those dots in an ocean of blackness bring hope in us.

To end this reflection, I would like to insert one of the most beautiful passages describing the Might and Power of God in Creating this World.


God answers Job

Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.

Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
r who stretched the line upon it?

On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, "Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed"?

Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment. From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.

Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep? 

Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? 

Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.

Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness, that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home? You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!

Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war? 

What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground sprout with grass? 

Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? 

From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven? The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion? 

Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children? 

Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?

Can you establish their rule on the earth?

Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that a flood of waters may cover you? 

Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, "Here we are"? 

Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind? Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
r who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens, when the dust runs into a mass and the clods stick fast together?
an you hunt the prey for the lion,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in their thicket?

Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?
Job 38-41




22 comments for “The Stars Behind Our Sun

  1. Ann
    June 13, 2015 at 5:16 AM

    Another beautiful piece. And though, I'm certainly not an astronomer or anything of the such, I do have the pleasure of gazing up at the night sky. I've always had an affinity for the peacefulness of the dark. But my point of view changed because of my 11 year old daughter. She is obsessed with the planets, and constellations, and such. Because of her, I have learned so much more of the night sky than I thought possible (and yes, she IS only 11, but she LOVES this subject). We take her where we can out into fields and just watch the never-ending night, she tells us about the vastness of space. Through the eyes of an innocent child, our eyes have been opened to so much that we've taken for granted. She is the true gift from God to us.

  2. Janiera Eldridge
    June 3, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    I always find late at night when the night is at its darkness the perfect time to thank God for all he has given me. The sun during the day is a great way to nourish our souls. No matter what time of day one chooses it's important to sit down and reflect with God where you're going and where you've been, thanking him for keeping you alive in the process!

  3. Nannette Villaruz
    October 13, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    My dear Paul:

    I would like to be like you: A LEAF THAT IS TRYING TO REMAIN ATTACHED TO THE BRANCH OF A TREE THAT IS SHAKING IN THE MIDST OF A WHIRLWIND. I am teary eyed reading through your very enlightening post as well as God's reply to Job. I can see ME being unmindful of God's creative genius for mankind that he may live happily and well in this earth but for his disobedience, greed and selfish ambition. But perhaps God, in his genius, has planned all these too so HIS people, whom he created after HIS image might want to know Him, repent of his ways and once more turn to Him. Please pray that all leaves are strengthened and firmly attached to the branch during these uncertain and trying end-of-days time so that we can all be reunited in that glorious place that HE has prepared for all believers. May the PEACE of GOD be with you always.

  4. Nannette Villaruz
    October 13, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    My dear Paul:
    I very much would like to be like you: A LEAF THAT IS TRYING TO REMAIN ATTACHED UNTO A BRANCH OF A TREE WHICH IS SHAKING IN THE MIDST OF A WHIRLWIND. I was teary reading through your post about ME being unmindful of God's genius creations as well as God's reply to Job. Who indeed could create all there is so man can live happily and well but for his greed. I believe that what is happening these end time days is also according to HIS plan so that in the end man can know and see the full glory of our God. I just pray I will remain attached to the TREE in the midst of the whirlwind. Please pray that God will strengthen me until the end. PEACE. And may the love of God remain until we all get reunited in that glorious place HE has reserved for all who believe. Amen.

  5. Craig Bickford
    September 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM


    A very moving, thought-provoking post. You have such elegant writing skills! It's nice to be reminded occasionally about the beauty and majesty all around us in just the simple ordinary things we do and see every day.

  6. Raquel
    September 1, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Paul, I'm so happy to have come across your beautiful words accidentally. You must be a writer. You are a true soldier of Christ. May God bless you now and always.

      September 2, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      Dear Raquel,

      I'm so grateful for the words you wrote to me.
      I am not a 'professional' writer, but rather a leaf that is trying to remain attached unto the branch of a Tree, which is shaking in the midst of a whirlwind.

      God Exceeds all that there is. Therefore, I can only hope that it is He, Christ Jesus, Who Is Touching others through the poverty of my own intellect.

      Thank you for visiting this remote corner of the virtual lands of the XXI Century Net.
      May God Bless you and Protect you –as well as your loved ones– from here to eternity.


  7. Roland
    August 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Your discussion of celestial bodies is really helping me heal from a friend’s recent death, reinforcing the truth that we do live on (in a number of ways) after death. I must say though, this is another wonderful post, Paul. You really have a brilliant grasp of language and rhetoric and the talent to create pieces that are inspirational, insightful, and excite the imagination.

      September 10, 2014 at 12:22 AM


      I must thank you for all the moving words written in your comment. I'm certainly most undeserving of such compliments, as God Is the One Who Created all that there is ~ world without end.

      I'm sorry for the loss you've suffered of in recent times. Death will always be one of the most challenging events -to deal with- during our earthly lives, but faith heals all things, all pain, all darkness.
      God often Speaks in mysterious and unpredictable ways – even through pain.
      He Is closer to you than you are to yourself.
      He Desires to Give you all the love that you can possibly contain.
      He Established a home within your heart so as to sustain you breath after breath after breath after breath…

      Pray for your friend, Roland – I will too.
      Pray for light to enter his/her soul, so that eternal rest and peace may be granted onto him/her.
      Pray that the Lord Jesus Christ May grasp his/her hand and Lift him/her up onto that glorious terrace from which all creations can be admire: right at the feet of the Most Glorious Trinity Whom Is the Alpha and The Omega.
      Pray that he/she may be in the Holy Presence of The Creator of a trillion stars and of ten billion comets traveling in the imaginative space and time of His wondrous Mind.
      Pray that he/she may enjoy the unfathomable ecstasy of living in the presence of Paradise Forever Eternal with its ceaseless angelic choirs.

      Thank you again for your support, my dear friend.

      God Bless youand please, feel free to contact me at any time.

      ~ Your brother Paul ~

  8. Andrea Robinson
    July 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    My sense of awe is restored.

    What a beautiful way to pause and reflect on the miracles we see around us every day.

    We are each a miracle, too, given a physical body with which to explore this wonderful planet and universe.

    This post made me think differently about a few things, and I'd like to call them out

    For one, I have often gazed at the stars for rather lengthy times, especially being blessed to live outside city limits where there aren't any streetlights to compete with the Milky Way. It never once occurred to me that because the sun paints a blue glaze over the sky, we can't see the stars during the day! I thought that was a rather insightful and poetic thought.

    I also loved the comment about the moon pretending to have its own light. That is most certainly true. I'm sure that for centuries, people didn't know that it just reflects the sun's light. As a child, I was definitely under the impression that the moon gave light. I remember being rather disillusioned when I found out that it didn't! As a matter of semantics, the moon "gives" light in the sense that it provides light at night. Isn't it rather lucky for us that the moon lights the darkness just enough so we can get around? Or perhaps luck has nothing to do with it.

    It occurs to me that the Sun makes it possible to live, but if we didn't have nights, we would all perish from the heat of the sun. It seems the divine plan creates balance.

    Thank you so much for including God's Answer to Job (as well as the beautiful pictures). It's an eloquent treatise on the complexity and enormity of the Universe.

    While our physical bodies are small and powerless in comparison, I still believe that we, also, are part of the plan.

    Thanks so much for a thoughtful post.


      September 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      Dear Andrea,

      Thank you so much for your words.

      Your sense of awe was a treasure already living in the depths of your being. God Resides in the deepest recesses of our hearts, where we can escape from the monotonous ways of men – when our spirit is lifted towards Our Lord's Marvels.

      The stars are always there – just as God Is. And If the bright day-sky covers them from our view, so do the thoughts of our minds and the daily dealings within our lives: they will obscure the bright Mystery of Our Creator.
      When you say "we, also, are part of the plan" you state the truth: Jesus Christ, indeed, Was Sent to die because a plan does exist, indeed: it is to eternally live in our new Home, called GOD'S KINGDOM, where all that is will infinitely surpass man's greatest dreams of Glory.

      We, then, will be the reflection of that unfathomable Glory in the way the Moon mirrors the Sun's light ~

      Pray always, dear Andrea, and remember:

      Our Father, Who Art in Heaven,
      His Son, Who Sits at His Right Hand,
      And The Holy Spirit, Who Proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      Love you (as well as all of us) with a boundless and unimaginable LOVE ~



  9. Mazina
    July 17, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    We all sometimes forget to be thankful towards God. We forget to thank Him for giving us this wonderful life we are living. We forget to take 5 minutes to watch a sunrise and to thank God for creating it. And there are so many other amazing things that are utterly amazing which we just take for granted.

    The Sun is indeed the giver of life, a beautiful ball of fire that we can’t really look at. Is it right there in front of our eyes and yet we cannot look at it. I also thought about what you said, that “a billion Suns at night can be stared upon for hours but one Sun at day is forbidden to be glanced for even one instant?”. It is hard to understand why this is and we may never know.

    Thank you for this sublime reflection, Paul! It is like a breath of fresh air for me, helping me find answers and creating new questions in my mind. It was wonderful to read your inspired words. God Bless!

      July 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Dearest Mazina,

      As that God's Created work of perfect engineering called Sun is, once again, sustaining us on this very day, we humbly recognize the wonderful gifts present under its light. It is because of its energy that you, Mazina, and I, Paul, are able to meet through this invisible virtual wave that is the Internet.

      I am most flattered by your kindness and undeserved generosity. Your words and reflections inspire me to continue walking on this unknown path laid in front of me by God's Hand.

      It's all about God, His Love and His Creation.
      It's all of His Own Doing. All Glory and Honor are His, forever and ever.

      Thanks for giving me hope through your witnessing.
      Please, pray for me: that I may be granted the grace and strength to love God's enemies.
      And I will surely pray for you: that, one day in endless glory, you may become one of the radiant stars that God Meant you to be in His Kingdom of Love Eternal .

      Amen ~

      Paul Joseph

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