Last Sunday evening as my hubby and I were getting our exercise walking around the lake, we noticed the moon to the west appearing as bright as the sun. There was something special about the way it was shining. The most amazing thing about it was that it appeared at though you could reach out and touch it. I couldn’t resist the opportunity for my husband to use his photography skills to take a picture of me in such a way that it looked like I was holding the moon.
After playing around with the camera phone, we discovered that it was a very special moon, because an eclipse was scheduled to happen on that very night. We learned It was not only going to be an eclipse, but it was going to be a “super blood moon.” What in the world is a super blood moon you ask? I soon learned that it was a rare astronomical event in which a total lunar eclipse happened during the same night as a super moon.
After we searched the internet and discovered what a rare event it was, we hurried home and finished up our project, then we grabbed our lawn chairs and went outside. We soon discovered that our neighbors had the same idea and we parking across the street in the school parking lot. It began looking like a block party in our neighborhood. I even popped popcorn to enjoy the event even more. Once we were settled and began enjoying the view, I texted my sisters and children because I didn’t want them to miss out.
Our time was well worth the wait. We watched the moon slowly eclipse, then the end result was a particularly large and shiny full moon that turned dark red for over an hour. If you missed out on the show, it's going to be a while before you can see it again. The last time a super moon coincided with a total lunar eclipse was in 1982, and the next one won't happen until 2033.
As I traveled here and there the rest of the week, the moon consistently caught my attention. I couldn’t help but think about Psalms 8:4 Psalm 8:3-4 (NIV) “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Then I thought to myself how God has created this beautiful world for us to live in and sometimes we get so busy we won’t stop to take in its beauty. I am thankful we got the chance to enjoy the moon on last week. There are so many other breath taking views that God gives us daily. Just look around you. Be deliberate about appreciating nature in all its splendor.
What have you been missing?
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach