As a child, I was taught a wonderful little rhyme that even today sparks my imagination and returns me to the wonder and simplicity of childhood. The poem was published in England in 1806 by Jane Taylor, but with sister Ann, was recited much earlier. The poem was first entitled, “The Star”. Maybe you have even said it yourself while looking at the planet Venus, the bright morning star.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.
In the Bible we are told that we have been given the Morning star, Rev 2:28. In fact, Jesus said, “I, Jesus … am the bright morning star” Rev 22:16.
In this verse, Jesus gives a straightforward, yet brilliant analogy to demonstrate His great love and care for mankind. The concept of the analogy is so plain that the youngest child can comprehend it. He says to us…I am the bright morning star that appears so beautifully in the east. I am the Savior, the bright luminary shining forth in a cold, black night. I usher in the morning and will be the harbinger of the day. I am beauty and light. I have overcome the darkness and bring on eternal day. I am a sparkling gem, perhaps from the diadem on my brow and I am calling to you. I am calling you. Can you feel the urgency as I call… as I twinkle? I am twinkling for you.
Then the traveler in the dark, thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go, if you did not twinkle so.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, now I know just who you are.