The beach was a great place for this. If it was a moonless night, there was total darkness down by the ocean and the stars were so clear it seemed as if you could touch them. And the shooting stars, well, they just seemed to fly by on their way to a dunking in the ocean which never came.
Since we are in the middle of a meteor shower period right now, I decided to get up extra early this morning and watch. From the deck of my home in rural Florida, the only light that could spoil my view comes from the security light at the front gate. So I positioned myself where a live oak blocked the light and gazed skyward. While the stars (or debris burning up in our atmosphere to be correct) were beautiful, they just weren't as dramatic out here where the horizon is not as clear.
Then I realized what the real difference was. I was missing my mom's homemade hot chocolate. She would walk to the beach with a large thermos full of hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy. This morning's sky watching made me think of that for the first time in years. Ah, those glorious summer days so many years ago at the beach.
Watching the star show after all the years have gone by, I still marvel at the precision of our God in providing for us the things that he does. Even something like a meteor shower require a magical conductor. For us to see it, He must align the earth and the moon just right and make sure that the meteorite particles are at just the right distance from earth to burn up from atmospheric friction. Good weather also is a must. Like so many other things in this world that we take for granted, God has His hand in all of them. We just need to think about what it is we see and enjoy and we will surely recognize this.
So thank you, Lord, for another wonderful example of Thy beauty in action. And thank you for giving me a beautiful, starry and very early morning in which to partake in the spectacle.
Everyone have a great start to a new week and always remember Him in everything you do. God bless.