We planned an early rise to check the tropical skies, hoping to get a little observing of the day-time moon. With cups of coffee in hand after a quick set up, we were ready to sit together and enjoy a waning moon through some light clouds. It was originally planned as a bit of a “date” since Faylene and I enjoy discovery together.
The little children know us pretty well, and two of them “discovered” us. So, both climbed up on Faylene’s lap to get a better position to look through the little eyepiece on the telescope. They actually looked several times, but soon Faylene’s lap and her attention were more important than the moon. I started to draw.
As the little ones enjoyed their time, a group of older school boys were looking down from the second floor of the school. I knew they wanted to look but classes were starting. So, I had them ask the teacher for permission to come look. Five minutes later we had a group of boys watching the moon and watching me develop the observing sheet.
Clouds were hiding most of the lunar surface detail, but it didn’t matter. The little ones had a quest to get attention and Faylene was all smiles. The boys huddled around to see what observing was all about while I answered questions, told them about the wonder of our perfectly positioned moon, and kept drawing.
It was one of those mornings when you give thanks to the One who made it all.
When I look at the 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, and the son of man that you care for him?