Celestial Wonders

When was the last time you looked at the stars? Have you followed the different oddities in the positioning of the planets this year? Do you know there are different celestial events going on this year that only happen once in several decades or several centuries?

Here are list of a few of the oddities, in case you missed them. There are four supermoons this year, which happens when the moon is at its closest point to the earth. In March, we saw Mars and Venus both reach their best time for viewing from the earth on the same day. The newly discovered comet Atlas made its closest pass of the earth in May. In June, Mercury reached its best viewpoint from earth. Jupiter was in opposition in July, meaning it was at its closest point to earth. Saturn was in opposition less than a week later. A few days later, Mars was once again at its best viewing point from earth. Neptune was in opposition in early September. And, there have been several meteor showers.

This has been an odd year astronomically speaking. In some cases, it’s not that we wouldn’t normally see the single event happen, it’s that we wouldn’t see two events happening at the same time or just a few days apart. The perseids and geminids meteor showers this year are the best they have been in decades.

Should we not marvel at how the universe functions? The planets rotate around the sun. Meteor showers go on and on yet continue to miss hitting the earth. There are other stars with planets that circulate around them. We see all of this from a great distance, but the distance only enhances the view.

Do we marvel at what God created? Do we stop to think about the power He has? Do we ask ourselves why we wouldn’t trust Him when He has created the amazing universe we live in? I, like most of us, get caught up in my own life, my own worries, my own tasks and need the reminder that God is all powerful. I suggest we all need that. Perhaps we will take time one evening to marvel at His creation.

I pray we all look up and be in awe of God’s creation. I pray we take time to recognize what God has created. I pray each of us will trust God with our worries, knowing He is the Creator of all. See God’s creation. Marvel at the His wonders. Be amazed and praise Him. Trust Him with your worries.

Isaiah 40:25-26

“To whom will you compare me?

Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

Who created all these? 

He who brings out the starry host one by one

and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mighty strength,

not one of them is missing.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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