“Who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars; who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the Sea; who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; who does great things beyond understanding, and marvelous things without number. (Job 9:7-10)
" Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? (Job 38:31)
“Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground! The one who made the Pleiades and Ori-on, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the LORD is his name, who makes destruction flash out against the strong, so that de-struction comes upon the fortress. (Amos 5:7-9)
When I first thought of planning the campout to watch the annual Pleiades meteor shower I thought about doing so because after one evening meeting someone commented how bright the stars were. Out of the whole group maybe one other person commented and the others said nothing or at least didn’t notice. How can we not notice the magnificence of the night sky?
Then for the “fun” of it I looked to see if the Pleiades were mentioned in the Bible. Lo and behold the three verses that contain this meteor event are listed above. Must be something special if scripture takes the time to men-tion it along with the familiar constellations of Orion and the Bear. Visible to the naked eye, even more magnificent in this age of telescopes and photographic technology.
God tells Abraham to count the stars in the sky if you can and so will your descendants be (Genesis15:5). Have you ever tried to count the stars? Have you ever stopped to even look at the stars and constellations and see what God has laid out in the expanse of heaven for us to see and admire God’s handiwork? When storms are ap-proaching as much as we need to be careful do you ever stop to admire the cloud formations surrounding the storm and the fact it is all not under our control but will move in the motion God set at creation? Even if one lives among the nature of the world one can become numb to its beauty and power.
Hopefully, on the night of Saturday, August 13th we can enjoy the meteor shower and be awed by the natural splendor of God’s celestial fireworks. (We’ll camp indoors if it rains) I remember as a camp counselor in 1972 and 1973 laying out on the island in the middle of the lake and watching this event. The next day we wondered if we really stayed up all night until sunrise or did we fall asleep under the hypnotic movement of the stars.
This event is for all people and bring your friends. We will be snacking the night away until the meteor shower fades into sunrise or we have all fallen asleep as the people in scripture did under the canopy of stars created by God for us to enjoy. It will be followed by a breakfast from our Dinner Committee and a service using scripture and hymns celebrating God’s heavenly creation.
As descendants of Abraham let us stop and look up as he did knowing we are among the descendants Abra-ham could not imagine on that starry night so many centuries ago and wonder ourselves who will view this event in the future.
“And God said, "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth." And it was so. God made the two great lights-- the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night-- and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.” (Genesis. 1:14-19)
See you under God’s stars,