Sometimes the world seems dull and dreary and colorless, and although it is true that often circumstances can help determine those feelings, I think more often it’s because we don’t do things like look at the sky.
Truly, “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork”. I was reminded of that yesterday evening when I went outside to tend to the needs of my critters. The moon was shining through a layer of high thin clouds, and outlined around it was a huge ring. It looks kind of like a sun dog, except this is at night and around the moon. It’s really a lovely sight, one that I have not seen that often. As I stopped and looked at it every now and then over the next half hour or so, the ring became clearer and I could just about make out its shape all the way around the moon. It’s a huge awe-inspiring sight.
My grandpa died eleven days ago. And in times like these, when the world could seem darker and drearier than before, it is beautiful. I like to think that maybe God does things like causing a huge ring made of millions of ice crystals way up in the sky, on purpose just for us. So we can see His glory. So we can remember His power and His love and the delight He has when He has made something “very good”.
So I can know that my grandpa is home like never before. The time right before his departure was rough. The hole he left behind grows every day the more things I remember and think about. The world can grow very dark indeed. But suddenly, like what I saw a couple days ago one afternoon, against the black dark clouds shines a rainbow. A brilliant one. A promise from the Lord. That “in my Father’s house are many mansions, and if it were not so I would have told you.”
Through the heart ache there is a promise; there is a rainbow; and there is a glorious ring around the moon, declaring the glory of the Creator.