I was one of the many southern hemisphere sky-gazers on 27 July this year. Watching one of the longest moon eclipses from a beautiful dark and cloudless African sky.
It was an amazing occurrence, and left me with mixed feelings. As I looked up and saw one of the ‘constants’ of my life, the moon, change before my eyes, it made me feel just a little uneasy and slightly anxious. But as I explained to my son what was actually taking place out there, reason prevailed and anxiety was dismissed.
Having knowledge and understanding will always counter fear. I wondered how the people and tribes of old felt, or indeed still feel, when they see these strange phenomena happening to their ‘constants.’ I don’t wonder at the myths and interpretations that proceed from them, for the human imagination is limitless, and a sight like this could spark any imagination, or agenda.
“Then God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for day and years; – Genesis 1:14
In Genesis it speaks of the lights for the signs and the seasons, and I’m sure there must be numerals, formulas and equations that would justify some of the seasons in the history of mankind, and map out a prophetic line for us to observe, so that we can presently understand the times we are living in, and not be fearful. I think that the Jewish faith has an intent in this regard, but I am rather ignorant on this subject.
However, it was a moving experience. I came to realise again that there is more at play in our lives than just me myself and I. Anyone looking up at this happening must surely observe and know that there is something much bigger and greater than planet earth – the evidence is there before our eyes. The Creator of planet earth has hung planets and stars in the sky that orbit each other in an orderly fashion, without fail or falter. A well oiled operation, if you will ! And that there is a purpose and a story behind it all – waiting for us to discover, I am quite sure.
On this particular night, I stood astounded as I looked up and saw this wonder-filled moment taking place, and my heart warmly resonating with Psalm 19
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.