Moon Beam Wonder

Psalm 19:1 says, ” The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

On Friday, October 2nd, 2020, the eastern night sky held in tandem three visual treats for me and my husband: a day late Harvest Moon, the red planet Mars, and the Northup Grumman’s Antares rocket launched from Wallops Island. We live in a heavily wooded area yet miraculously saw all three sights at the same time from our front yard – an unusually tiny viewshed. Serendipity!

My husband possesses a passionate sense of wonder, especially about heavenly bodies. My excitement for such sights pales by comparison. I guess I let the cares of the world rob my sense of wonder way too often. But, what a shame! When I saw these three wonders on that night, I couldn’t help but think about the beauty and spectacle of what I was able to see that night with the naked eye!

Such occasions always move my focus to Creator God and the wonder of His Creation. I recount that the same things that rob us of our sense of wonder when we look at God’s Creation are the same things that rob us when we consider the grace of God in Jesus Christ. We forget the beauty, the spectacle, the amazement of so great a salvation. So great a grace and mercy!

I pray that this “sky high” event reminds me to consider an even greater passion. Mark 9:15 says, “As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him.” To consider the splendor of God’s Creation, and to want to know my Abba Father better. To consider the way God cares for His Creation, and to want to appreciate it more. To consider the provision God made for my eternal life, and to seek Jesus Christ with all of my heart.

Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” That orange moon! That red planet! That rocket launch! The wonder of it all. May we never forget the One Who Created it all and saw that “it was good!”

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