The last shred of orange glow from the sun was receding above the tree line. I was in no hurry to drink the cup of fresh coffee. Only one bat was dive-bombing the Spring insects. The sky was clear and the winds were calm. I didn’t even need a jacket.
I thought about setting up a telescope and knew many friends around my longitude who were probably doing just that. Tonight, however, was perfect for me to just sit and appreciate the wonder of it all. Our common earth platform, as designed and perfectly placed, was spinning away from the sun so the brightest stars were soon going to appear. Sirius, of course, was first, followed by Capella and Betelgeuse. The rest of Orion appeared about the same time Procyon, Pollux, and Castor completed the remainder of the Winter Circle that was setting fast. Rigel was about to disappear in the trees. The sky is always pretty a little after sunset as it ranges from blue-black near zenith to a hint of color at the local horizon. I tried to capture the scene in a quick sketch.The magnificent placement and appearance of the local bright stars is a keen pleasure to watch. The ordinances of the heavens extend far past their local placement, but the hand of the Creator is apparent, whether it’s the closest sights or those much farther away.
It was a good night to give thanks.
Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth? Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here are we’? Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?