August 9, 2020
I was watching a baseball game on television when one of the camera’s turned to the night sky and directed its gaze at the planet Saturn, which allowed you to see a ring around the planet. That gave me the idea to set up my scope on my front driveway to see for myself. I found the moon rather quickly and east of the moon was Jupitar. Jupitar stood out in the star-studded night as a bright sphere, smaller than a marble. East of Jupitar I began scanning for Saturn, and when I finally found it, I had to steady my scope and carefully adjust the sights and it was; a ring of visible particles circling Saturn. The rings are mostly made of ice water and some small traces of stone particles. Scientists have been studying the ring particles around Saturn for years now, gathering insight and information as to the formation of the planets themselves.
Gaining understanding of planet formation helps gain better understanding for our own planet called earth. We are most unique in our solar system, living on a planet that is teaming with life. The bible continues to serve us as our spiritual telescope, helping us gain understanding and meaning of life. We are not the first generation to wonder and wander among the night time skies, as Psalm 8 says; “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5.
Reading scriptures give us a glimpse into the heart and mind of our creator God. As impressive as the moon, planets, milky-way and stars are on a dark clear night, how humbling is it that we as mankind have been crowned with glory and honor. Imagine each of us have a ring of glory and honor swirling around our orbits. It’s rather humbling that God even has interest in us, let alone, knows each of us by name, calls us children, his children, and loves us with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. It’s like having the telescope turned on ourselves. God is good, and through Jesus as his son, He’s turned his eyes upon us, and so much wants to bless us in who we are, and what we do. “O Lord, Our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8:9