Thursday, August 13, 2015
Better Show This Morning
After disturbing my husband's sleep by rummaging in the dark for a beach towel to dry off the dew dampened lounger, I settled in the God-breathed planetarium to watch the Perseids meteor shower. Two mornings ago I got a sneak peak; this morning, I watched the full show.
I could not follow instructions, nothing new for me, to place my toes toward the northeast as that is where the light pollution came from, toward Valdosta. Southeast it was and in addition to here a streak, there a streak, I saw two marvelous collisions of comet debris with the earth's atmosphere creating the appearance of shooting stars.
Offering prayer and praise the Lord, I told Him I believe it is His Word, His decree, His breath that is the elusive mystery beneath the substance of our DNA and I affirmed my belief His thought could form something from nothing! Hebrews 11:3 explains it clearly: "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." I concur with those who pooh-pooh the miraculous and believe only what can be seen under a microscope or through a telescope--there surely was an awe-inspiring bang at its inception.
Prayers were said for my "children," one on a business trip to Chicago and the other sleeping under these same stars out west in Colorado. I reflected on a time when our little family of four watched the annual Perseids meteor shower and I marvel now we are a family of six with the seventh member's debut slated for early fall.
A satellite meandered across the eastern skies and a jet streaked through the west. Shielded by forest on three sides, I gave thanks no one could see me wrapped in a cream-colored bed sheet and misconstrue my star-gazing for a one-woman klan rally. The mosquitoes were horrid, and as the first stage of dawn ascended from the east, I went inside to start coffee.
Watching the ever-changing sky is a spiritual experience for me, one of awe, and I wonder if I will be among those who view with the naked eye the second coming of Christ from the east.