|AP Photo/ Heribert Proepper/ File Lunar Eclipse|
Last night/early this morning we had a total lunar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and earth all line up, casting a shadow over the entire moon. A tiny bit of light filters through, giving the moon an unusual color. Scientists were saying yesterday that because of the recent volcanic eruptions, the eclipsed moon might appear darker than usual... perhaps a reddish brown...We got up in the middle of the night to see it, but there was total cloud cover. I was pretty disappointed; I had hoped to take some photos.
|Photo taken last night by my daughter, Melody Germain|
God created the heavens and the earth. "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace." ( I Cor. 14:33) Everything is in tremendous order. God is neat as a pin! And way smarter than all the earth's scientists put together. The Creator made the stars and calls them all by name. (Psalm 147:4). The heavens reflect what is happening on earth; or, more likely, vice versa. So, I believe that when unusual things occur in the skies, unusual things are also occurring on our little planet.
The Bible teaches that astrology is wrong. Not so with astronomy. The "Magi", or wise men, were astronomers - men who studied the patterns in the stars as a way of reading what was happening on the earth. Two-thousand or so years ago, the Magi saw an astral occurrence which had never before happened and which has never again occurred; it was the star of Bethlehem, which ushered in the birth of the Messiah.
Many years ago I worked a weekend job as an RN. I almost always worked with a certain nurse who I will call Sherry. Sherry was difficult to work with, difficult to get along with. She was very vocal, complaining about 'most everything and everybody. Nobody could quite measure up to her demands, although, in fact, I was in charge, not her. She complained bitterly about the schedule, the weather, whatever... and her conversation was punctuated with language that would make a sailor blush. One day, when another employee couldn't find a certain piece of equipment, Sherry yelled at them, "Look on the top shelf' I #%& know it's there!" Then, she turned to me and said, "They never look up. They never even think to look up." I quietly answered, "You're right; people hardly ever think to look up." Sherry audibly gasped: the deeper meaning of my words had gotten through to her. If only for a moment, she thought of God. I don't know what ever happened to Sherry, and I don't know whether or not our little conversation made a difference to her. But, it made an impact on me. I need to spend more time looking up. How 'bout you?
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained: What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visitest him?" ( Psalm 8:3,4 ) If I am not looking up to the Creator, I have only myself to blame. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine."
SHALOM Y'ALL - TWYLA