DayBreaks for 05/07/12 – Musings from 41,000 Feet
On Saturday night, 5/05/12, I was flying back southbound to Atlanta at 41,000 feet as the sun was setting on the western horizon. At the same time, the full moon was rising on the eastern horizon, almost exactly 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Sun off the right wingtip, moon off the left.
To the west, between us and the sun, was a band of clouds at the horizon level and the sun lit them on fire. The band was colored with reds, maroons, orange, yellows…and as I looked out the window on that side of the plane, I could imagine myself standing on the surface of Saturn and could believe that this had to be what it was like to look at the bands of Saturn from the surface of that planet. It was unbelievably beautiful.
The moon to the left was huge. I’d never seen it this large or this clearly. It was the night of the Super Moon – when the moon was at its closest approach in its orbit to the earth. Its disk was just above the edge of the horizon and there was a fluffy blanket of clouds obscuring the ground below. The huge moon lit up the top surface of the cloud layer in a gossamer layer of white as the clouds raced past, under the wing, thousands of feet below us. It was unbelievably beautiful.
As I looked back and forth from the Saturn-like bands of color to the west and the glorious moonrise to the east, I was transported into worship by the magnificent beauty of the creation, this spectacular universe in which clouds catch the colors of the rainbow and moons, planets and stars hang upon nothing in the cold, haunting emptiness of space.
I marveled that God should have created such beauty and chosen to share it with us and let us enjoy it. Of course, He created it for His own enjoyment, but I also believe He did it for ours. And my mind wandered off to this passage: 1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV) – But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him…”
As I sat by my window and gazed out at the rising moon as the sky grew darker, I contemplated the wonders that await us in the “new heavens and earth.” As spectacular as what I was looking at, I know that it is a very poor preview of what is to come, and I was again transported into worship.
I wish you all could have been there with me to see the beauty of the sunset and of the Super Moon as they cast their spell of wonder. It was unbelievably beautiful…and His gift to us.
PRAYER: Lord, how I long to see what wonders you have in store for us! Sometimes when I think I can begin to imagine it because of what I can see now, I’m reminded that you tell us we cannot even imagine it, and I am overwhelmed that you have lavished such love on us that you invite us not only into the wonders of your creation, but the wonders of your love and grace as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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