Recently a www.spaceweather.com article announced the arrival again of the “Lyrid” meteor shower. The meteors are actually debris from comet “Thatcher”, and they don’t really “arrive” on earth, the earth passes through Thatcher’s debris cloud. The moon’s brightness often obscures all but the brightest meteors, but it’s still fun to watch for them. Just to be out there at night or early morning and seeing all the stars, and being able to pick out the Milky Way swath across the sky, is fascinating.
It is a privilege and a unique opportunity when we observe a meteor or witness an aurora. A privilege because these are not common events, and a unique opportunity to praise God for the beauty of His creation. We may be the only human to observe this particular event, so we would be the only human who can praise God for it. That is definitely special.
Individual meteors are random in that they do not follow a pattern of frequency or intensity.
Putting two events in the Bible together then, we can see an example of God’s infinite wisdom and sovereignty. The two events are day four of creation, when God made the stars and many other heavenly bodies, and the other event is the “star” the Wise Men from the East saw announcing Christ’s birth. (Matthew 2:2)
According to Genesis 1:14, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years’.” (NASB)
Note it includes for “signs”. That means that way back at creation God arranged for there to be a unique “star” at just exactly the right time beginning its journey light years away from earth, to arrive at earth over the Persian sky when these guys happened to be looking up! That is awesome! But then, God is awesome! Certainly worthy of our praise!
Image thanks to Joe Lefevre, www.joelefevrephotography.com.