Lessons from the Night Sky

I received an email from a member of the congregation to look up into the dark evening sky at 9:39, to see the International Space Station float by. It was already a beautiful evening with the sun setting behind some clouds, spreading its radiance in all shades of red, orange, pink and yellow, fading into an ever-darkening hue of blue. I found my anticipation of seeing the space station rising. I googled a little more information on the flight and discovered that it travels 17,500 miles an hour, and circles the earth 16 times day. Then I learned that this has been going on since 1998, when the Russians began the project with what they called Zarya, or “Dawn.” Since then 115 rocket filled flights have added to the construction of the platform, which includes our well known “Canada Arm.” About seven tons of supplies are required to support a crew of three astronauts for six months. As I began heading towards Lake Ontario looking for a darker viewing spot, I already noticed the space station coming from the West, North West. I walked faster and precisely at 9:39, found the International Space Station right over head. I watched it drift through the clouds, to the South East, before it was completely out of view, and I was left marveling at the accomplishments of mankind. And the stars remained, inviting me to the vast creation of God’s universe. Saturday evening promised a meteorite shower that would put any fireworks display to shame. And just one week from Monday, on August 21st, the entire Midwest of the United States of America would be bracing itself for a total eclipse of the sun. Which will take the middle of a beautiful bright day and turn it into the darkness of night, only to bring back the light before the night. My previous thoughts of the accomplishments of mankind were once again placed into perspective. “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them… Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.”