Hi Reader Friends! David Telbat here with some interesting research I did for my novel, Fury in the Storm. I learned that light pollution can block navigation, as well as the stars above, and even block God, our true Light and Navigator!
Light Pollution can Block Navigation
(image from Gabriel Amadeus at flickr.com)
Maybe you don’t notice—especially if you live in a city—but the sky is filled with stars. I mean FILLED. I recall gazing up as a child at the heavens and finding not even a finger’s width that wasn’t brightened by several near or distant stars. How was it possible to see so many stars? My family lived in a rural area, several hours drive to the nearest large city.
In Fury in the Storm, I mention the term “light pollution.” It is described in the glossary in the back of the book as “light from a nearby city that makes the celestial stars difficult to see”. But there is a great spiritual lesson buried in this idea, also embedded in my adventure novel.
We have much world-based “light pollution” in our lives as well. There are needs, wants, and cares of this world that distract us daily, even every minute. God intends us to look heavenward, but we cannot see His brilliance when we stand too close to worldly “lights.”
The stars can be used for navigation. For example, we have only to look up and find the North Star, Polaris, and we can judge our latitude on the globe in seconds. (I’ll tell you how to do that in another post.)
God similarly intends for us to look to Him to find our way. But our attachment to the world is pollution, and looking up sometimes seems a waste of time when there is so much we want in our lives that is not heavenly.
Like the man code-named “The Elephant” in Fury in the Storm, I hope you find yourself far from the world’s light pollution, so you can clearly see the Light above who governs your life. There is no other safe way to navigate!
See you in the field!
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NOTE: The novel Fury in the Storm: Where Christians Dare, Book One of The Leeward Set, was originally titled Sea Scribe. David Telbat has also written a sequel, Tears in the Wind. Be sure to check our Novel News Page here for current and upcoming news.