Posted by: R M White | 08/09/2013

August Skies and Showers of Gold

I love August for so many reasons –  – to me, it’s one of the best months of the year! Why,  you ask? Well, here’s just a few points:

  • it’s usually hot and sunny – which is fine by me
  • it rounds off a season of fun – outdoor activities are the best
  • it’s full of nature’s loveliness – flowers, birds, butterflies
  • it marks the beginning of harvest – yummies in fruits and veggies
  • it’s full of anticipation – school terms, work changes, last minute vacation-time
  • even in Honduras it was a time of winding up a season of super busyness
  • and my birthday is the 12th which heralds a super show in the skies! the Perseid meteor shower!

A bright Perseid meteor.

I have a great husband for many reasons and one of the things I love most about him is his love of nature and her amazing wonders. We hike mountain trails just for a perfect, incredible view, travel miles out of the way to venture into deep, dark, incredible caverns, camp near gorgeous beaches and get up to witness majestic sunrises.  One the best gifts ever … and he started this tradition with me years and years ago… our family has always made it a point to arrange to watch the Perseid shower – and  of course, this is weather permitting. We’ve been super fortunate a good number of times – in Africa we didn’t  see quite so many as when we happen to be in the States – maybe the tilt of the earth was just not quite right.  All three of the last summers in Honduras the 12th it was pretty cloudy. The best of all shows we ever saw was about 15 years ago while we sat on my parents back deck in Howard, PA – the sky was crystal clear and the whole family gathered for multiple ‘oooh! and aahhhh! moments’ where we said “Did you see that?!?!” That night we lost count of how many shooting wonders we witnessed.

Every so often I run across someone who says they’ve never seen a shooting star and I can hardly believe it … I mean, here we have a magnificent gift from God that is totally free for all to enjoy! Here’s a Shooting Star Show at its best and it’s is very, very soon. It’s not just a one-night show either – Earth Sky let’s you know some key facts about the shower, one being that the show is actually visible for a few days before and after the 12th. I am really hoping that with this crazy, rainy weather we’ll be fortunate at least one of these nights to have a clear sky. If we do, well, do yourself a favor, grab a lawn chair, or better yet, a blanket get out of the city and enjoy! Also, read the 2 articles I linked to for some more excellent tips and interesting facts. I know we’ll be keeping a close watch ourselves and hope to report some awesome oooh! moments of this year’s show.

The constellation Perseus, radiant of the Perseid meteor shower

God’s word is filled with star verses and here are a few favorite from the Message and the Good News Translation:

He tells the sun, ‘Don’t shine,’ and it doesn’t; he pulls the blinds on the stars. All by himself he stretches out the heavens and strides on the waves of the sea. He designed the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleiades and Alpha Centauri. We’ll never comprehend all the great things he does; his miracle-surprises can’t be counted.   Job 9: 1-13;  Doesn’t God live in the highest heavens and look down on the stars, even though they are high? Job 22:11; In the dawn of that day the stars sang together, and the heavenly beings shouted for joy. Job 36:6;  Can you guide the stars season by season and direct the Big and the Little Dipper? Job 38:32;  I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way? Psalm 8:2-4;  By the Lord’s decree the heavens were made; by a mere word from his mouth all the stars in the sky were created. Psalm 33:5-7;  Thank the miracle-working God, His love never quits. The God whose skill formed the cosmos, His love never quits. The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations, His love never quits. The God who filled the skies with light, His love never quits. The sun to watch over the day, His love never quits. Moon and stars as guardians of the night, His love never quits. Psalm 136: 3-5

There’s lots more verses that mention stars and you should look them up … we love, and serve an awesome God. His gifts are never-ending and wondrous.  Observe the skies over the next few evenings and rejoice in the absolute wonders of creation and the God who loves you so.

Fingerprints of the Father are everywhere!

Oh, truly, I am blessed and highly favored, and I celebrate!!

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