Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Completely Without Human Intervention

Javamom got some great pictures of the eclipse early yesterday morning!

It really does something to the ol' perspective when I look at something like an eclipse. To think of three spheres lining up perfectly so that the moon falls into shadow. Completely without human intervention. (We might have botched it, anyway.)

How orderly is the universe, when the cycles and rotations of the heavenly bodies can be mapped and predicted, when we can say with assurance, "Lunar eclipses occur twice per year." The heavens truly do declare the glory of God. Being able to watch something like this in my own messy backyard emphasizes the reality of it, too.

How can I sit here and feel sufficient unto myself, when I have seen with my own eyes evidence of the Creator? How can we justify the thought that Law is what we make of it, that we are free to do as we please?

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

--Psalm 19


Donna-Jean said...

Lovely -
like Psalm 8, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars that You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him...."

Definitely gives you perspective!

Mother Auma said...

Yes, exactly! That's the one I couldn't remember!

Off to reread Psalm 8~

G.L.H. said...

Oh, yeah, Psalm 8 puts me in my place. Remember Job? "Were you there when I told the ocean, you can come this far and no more?" It is a very good thing when we see ourselves in our correct "size." Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the eclipse.


Mother Auma said...

I am currently reading Job in my daily Bible. I have made it through Job's self-righteous justification, and almost all the way through the "miserable comforters." I keep thinking about what the Lord is going to have to say about it!