It was a temp job.

I was at an all-time low and the end of my rope. A threat to a failing marriage pushed me into the workforce. Thank God the job was not as stressful as it was at home.

I was on a journey, rocky terrain and unfamiliar territory. I was searching for answers and seeking peace.  Inside I was crying out, “someone please save me!”

She was an office mate who took notice and daily conversations normalized my longing for friendship. There was something peace-filled about her. She had a radiant sparkle and a light-hearted spirit. Perhaps it was her soon-to-be mommy glow.

No, there was definitely something more.

terraindecemberThree men ventured out in the dead of the night. It was unfamiliar territory, perhaps rocky terrain with no address or map. We know they were wise, but were they desperate? Were times so bad it stirred in them an unwavering desire to find peace?

Did they, too, need to be saved?

They looked up, led only by a star. What a mighty and glorious ball of light, this star!
They traveled not only by night but also by day.

They spoke without words, directed without directions.

They took a chance. How long did their journey last?

 My journey ended January 2000.

Thank you God for sending stars so that we might find you in the dead of our night.

Thank you for your gentle guidance and for your salvation. We praise you for giving us your one and only Son and leading us back to Him.

If you have not believed Jesus is the Savior, ask God to send you a “star”. Or perhaps one is right there, you just need to look up.

Nicole Santapola

About Nicole Santapola

Nicole Santapola began her relationship with Christ after 30 years of religion being a mainstay in her upbringing. Experiencing a divorce, Nicole found herself a single woman leaning on God's promises and learning both His faithfulness and love. She calls Discovery Church home. She began attending in 2002 and through bible studies, women's events, and restoration counseling, she was baptized at East Campus in 2006. Nicole has a passion to share God's love and encouragement to others particularly in the area of health and wellness. She has followed holistic health and nutrition and through education and cooking classes, she teaches and shares this with others. She loves to cook and bake mostly plant-based dishes in her home and visit local vegetarian establishments. Her walk began with Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind".


  • I love hearing how individuals are lead to know Him personally … thankful for the woman who was a star to you and out of dark times you found The Light. Love to you!

  • Marge Townsend says:

    absolutely beautiful and so appropriate for this season.
    thank you, Nicole, for sharing your faith and story with us.

  • Denise says:

    Wow. What a Powerful message on Christmas Eve, it brought me to tears!
    Thank you For living us so much that you have your Life so we could Have life and be used by You!

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