“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” – Psalm 19:1
Getting out and enjoying nature is a great way to worship and connect with God. Tomorrow night, Thursday August 11th, there is a going to be a spectacular display in the night sky. The earth is passing through the tail of the comet named Swift-Tuttle. Astronomers are predicting that there will be twice as much activity during this visit as normal. As the earth passes through the comet tail, debris from the comet impacts the Earth’s atmosphere and creates “shooting stars.” This annual meteor shower is called the “Perseids” because we see it in the sky where the constellation Perseus is located.
In Los Angeles, finding a dark spot to enjoy this display can be challenging. Here is a cool website that shows you where the darkest spots are on the earth for viewing the heavens. The closest, darkest spot to Malibu is Rancho Sierra Vista Park at 4121 Potrero Road, Newbury Park, CA. Look to the east after 10 pm.
David, King of Israel from 1010-970 BC was a warrior poet and the author of the verse above. He only knew by faith that God had precisely crafted the heavens. When we look up and really see the night sky we are not looking at an accident. Two and a half thousand years after David wrote this poetry, Johannes Kepler, one of the inventors of modern astronomy and mathematics said, “I am merely thinking God’s thoughts after him” as he worked to document the laws that govern the motion of the stars and planets. Kepler proved what David knew through faith. That God’s hand designed the heavens with precision and order. That is why we know that the Perseids will be back a year from now on August 12 & 13, 2017, and again the next year on August 12 and 13, 2018. Stop for a moment and think about the majesty of all these heavenly bodies moving to make this beautiful event occur on the same date every 365 days.
In Genesis, “God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years . . .’ Not only are the heavens beautiful but they clearly show us that they function with a precision and a purpose pointing the way to our Creator.
Not only are the heavens visually stunning, but these meteors are a visible reminder of God’s love for mankind and his protection. Look at the moon and Mars. The surface of these objects are visibly scarred with impact craters from similar events in space. Unlike the moon and Mars, the earth has a significant atmosphere that goes up more than 30 miles to provide precious oxygen for our survival and to burn up meteors like the Perseids so they cause us no harm. Think about the fact that God’s protection is also beautiful.
Photo Credit: Ruslan Merzlyakov/RMS Photography