Cosmic Wonders

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The Heavens Declare

2012 Eclipse. MHP heading to prison riot in Adams County, MS.

I have always been fascinated by the sky. From the soft colors of the sun rise to the vibrant colors of the sunset, from rainbows to meteor showers, and finding hidden shapes within the clouds, I have always found great joy from the sky’s various and spectacular displays. I can remember riding to church as a child and hearing a soft sigh from my momma before she’d say, “You see that sunset. God knew I was coming this way and painted it just for me.” The tones of purple melting into soft magentas and orange filled her heart with a feeling of serenity. Some of my most vivid and happiest memories are from nights spent star gazing with my husband and children. We’ve enjoyed many nights laying on a trampoline counting shooting stars and even a few December nights bundled together with hot chocolate and cookies to watch the Geminid meteor shower while belting out Christmas carols at the top of our lungs. My children share my love for the sky and when we hear of a specific spectacle in the heavenlies, we immediately start making plans for how to best view it. During the last blood moon, we camped along the Natchez Trace, and when Jupiter and Venus made their closest approach to earth in recent years, we were standing on a sidewalk with the Google Sky app to show us exactly where to look to best see the two planets.

The sky in general (but stars in particular) have always made me feel closer to God. David wrote in Psalm 8:3-4, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” And Psalm 147:4 says, “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.” The thought overwhelms me that in all of creation, the God of the universe still knows every little, trivial detail about me and you, and He loved us so much that He sent His Son to redeem us from the grips of sin and death.

Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” That is exactly what happened this past Monday during the total solar eclipse.

2017 Solar Eclipse

“Their future’s so bright they have to wear solar eclipse glasses!”

One of my children had a doctor’s appointment late in the afternoon, so we drove to town early to have time to sit and watch the eclipse. After picking up a dozen chocolate doughnuts to celebrate the occasion, we watched for nearly two hours as the Sun seemed to take on the crescent to full shape of the moon. Even as the moon covered nearly eighty percent of the sun’s surface from our view, the sun’s light was barely dimmed. During the eclipse as the moon passed in front of the sun, the moon appeared solid black. Normally the moon shines because its surface reflects light from the sun depending on where it is in its orbit around the earth. Watching this cosmic event reminded me of John 1:5 that says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” I have often told my children, “Be like the moon and reflect the Son.” If we hope to have a lasting impact on the world, we have to shine the light of Christ in dark places. 

As you consider our awesome God, the works of His hand, and His tender loving care for you, I hope you are inspired to let His light be reflected more in your own life.

Maya Angelou

Have a blessed week, y’all! Remember to live the moon life, or as my daughter and I like to say, “Live la vida luna!”


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