Sparkling Orion with the Man

A 2010 Quick Sketch of Orion.

There he was. Orion was bright and shining for us to admire from our bedroom window.  The entire sky was bursting with starlight at 3:30 a.m.  The Pleiades, mentioned in scripture, was easy to find, and Sirius was his brightest self among the visible stars.

The ice storm was over, and the cold rain that had continued to pelt us all day had finally ceased.  The storm of questions in our hearts, however, about family, the future of our ministry together, and our return trip to the Philippines, was poured out to God that night before we fell asleep in faith in each other’s arms. The rain of heart questions continued to be unanswered, but the ice storm of life, threatening us with loss of power, was over.

In the middle of the night, the man rose and customarily checked the weather outside.  Clear…very clear.  His chuckle awakened me.  “If you’d like to look at Orion, he is right there.  It’s amazingly clear.”  I joined him at the window, but the beckoning sky had to be viewed from a larger theater.  With just robes and bare feet we slipped into the cold night air to get the panorama of shining brightness.

Amazed at the glory of God in the heavens, we took in the miraculous creation of the stars that shine, whether we can see them or not.  We were reminded of His faithfulness.

“Lord, you have settled our hearts by your Spirit, reaffirmed the love you gave us for each other, and the path you have so clearly marked in front of us.  In spite of our questions, we sleep in faith. When we awake, we are still with You.  Your faithful presence, like the stars, draws us out into the cold to gaze upon your glory.”

“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” Job 38:31

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1




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