The delight in finding a ‘Star’

Lots of people like to watch American Idol, America’s Got Talent, or X-Factor. We can laugh at the many who think they have something—talent—when they do not. We get embarrassed for them and wonder about the person who told them they could sing, much less encouraged them to compete in a talent contest.

I mean, when a voice quality is like a screeching train and not even two notes can be sung on key so that carpets begin to roll up on their own at the sound of your voice...well, something is wrong.

But why then do we have such shows and competition? It’s because out of the multitude there might be revealed a real exception to the norm. And so, we wait, one after another as they audition, hoping that we will have the opportunity, rare as it might be, to witness a star being born.

And then finally it happens, and we are brought to tears when the exception comes to light. It may be a 6-year-old, or a plain Jane looking 30-year old mother, or a physically disadvantaged teen, who in the initial interview doesn’t much impress, but then they open their mouths and sing. And it doesn’t take but a few notes for jaws to be dropping and eyes gaping. For there, at last, it is. There’s the amazing brilliance, the exquisite pleasure to the ears that seems wonderfully unbelievable, the miracle exception from the norm of human kind. And we can’t help but cry in rejoicing applause that God has graced this person among us. We delight that they have been found and will now be among us as a star to enjoy. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>


    In last week’s Focus, I wrote about two doors listed in the Scriptures. One door was an open door which God gives as an invitation to hope and our calling, an open door which no one can shut.