Observers of the sky typically avoid observing in bad sky conditions. In a larger context, however, ‘bad’ conditions often show different kinds of scenes and unusual lighting. Very often, an ‘off’ night like this is a reminder of the magnificent water cycle and the characteristics of the atmosphere, which are specifically created to permit life on the earth. On this particular evening there was a layer of high stratus clouds that was thickening overhead, moving eastward, and beginning to affect the eastern horizon, where I was expecting to watch the moon rise. Rather than put away the binoculars and the sketch gear, I watched the moon rise in the uneven stratus clouds. The light after dusk permitted me to see a little color from the fall wild flowers but it was dark enough for the the trees and leaves to sillhouette the sky. The neary full moon lighted a hole in the sky with yellows and milky greys. Nearly any person can see a similar scene if they take the time; it does not even require a binoculars, although it helps. In the end, it was a wonderful evening to give thanks. Gods’ precious touch in the heavens and on the earth. In a very real sense, He made the evening.
We teach teachers and children in disadvantaged or developing regions to observe the heavens. Part of the instruction is learning to use binoculars but the biggest part of learning is to see things around us. We have not been in any location where God has not put his stamp in the heavens or on the earth but people often do not notice it. It is our pleasure to encourage them to notice what God has created and sustains through uniques processes. See www.christworksministries.org and the Inspirational page on that site for more information.