Sunday, July 2, 2017

Campfires and Stargazing




“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,

Or loose the belt of Orion?
 
Can you bring out Mazzaroth (constellations) in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Job 38:31,32
Did you know there is an app for that? I love sitting around a campfire and stargazing. My favorite sight is looking from Cades Cove, TN back toward NC. On a clear night the Milky Way is visible.
There are so many lights nowadays, I had not seen the Milky Way since I was a child until I made a night hike there. My dad used to point out constellations to us kids. I was never sure I was seeing the same thing he saw, but as I was saying, there is an app for that! The app called Star Walk is free. Just point it to the sky and it will show you stars and constellations in the direction you are pointing the app and it will name them for you! It doesn't even have to be a clear night. How cool is that? 

I love the names of the constellations. They are often the same across cultures and thousands of years. Pleiades, seven sisters, these are the bright stars in the cluster shown above. They are held together by a gravitational pull. There are lots of other stars not as bright, held by the same gravitational pull. It makes me wonder what God had in mind when he created this constellation. I think about the Seven Churches of Revelation, all held together by Jesus Christ. Today, there are thousands of churches all held together by Jesus Christ. Some, like the the Seven Churches of Revelation and the stars in Pleiades, let their candles burn a little brighter than others. The Lord gives us a glimpse inside each of the Seven Churches, the positives and negatives. I also wonder what we could learn about ourselves from studying those churches. 

Hey Kids:
Did you notice there are two other constellations mentioned in the verses above? 
Where is the belt of Orion?
Who is Orion?
Where is the Great Bear? 
Does it contain another constellation?
What other name does the Great Bear go by?
The passage also says the constellations come out in their season. 
Can you name other constellations? 
How are constellations helpful?
Whew! That sounds like a week full of exploring. Don't forget to go outside and see how many constellations you can identify.
A campfire and marshmallows will add to the fun.

Blessings,
Gail

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