Space, moon, stars, and basically anything that is connected to astronomy amazes me.
Whenever I can see the stars, I have to find that familiar lovely shape of Big Dipper. Over here, it is called Mama Bear (there’s also a Little Bear). I haven’t travelled to the southern hemisphere, only in the northern one, so the constellations were always the same.
Seeing those dear star collections makes me feel home wherever I am: Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, Germany, England, the US of A… I look up and blissfully grin into the sky, knowing that my friends from Ukraine are seeing the same.
Today was the day of lunar eclipse (Google even made a special doodle for the occasion). Even better – I could watch the Earth’s shadow slowly moving onto the Moon’s fading circle from my own balcony (living on the 8th floor has its benefits) – and mom has joined me to watch the divine show.
As I stood there on the balcony, eyes glued to the Moon, trying to shut off the noises of a busy street below, I marvelled at God’s creativeness. The moon is nothing more than a piece of rock orbiting the Earth. Yet, it shines and influences our tides, and does a lot of other functions.
One of the reason I have always loved gazing at the moon (more than at the Sun… although sunrises / sunsets are a weakness of mine) is that I can relate to it.
There are times in our lives when we feel as if the world (Earth) has shielded us from His amazing warm rays and light. We feel as if we’re dying, becoming dark red and then disappearing altogether from everyone’s sight. Yet, that does not last for long. After a short period of darkness, we emerge and we continue shining – reflecting His light.
However, moon doesn’t have a choice whether it shines or not. We do. It is up to us whether we will choose to break away from the darkness (or perhaps, patiently wait till it is over) and reflect His light… or we will go dark and remain like that.
All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God! Thank Him to His face! He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.
Psalm 30:5, MSG
David knew what he was talking about.
The night shall soon be over – and what a GLORIOUS day awaits!