Sunday, January 31, 2010

Full Moon and the Wolf Moon

Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Jeremiah 31:17
Can you see God, in the beginning, just stretching out His arm, pointing His finger, and creating such vast, complex. and stunningly beautiful heavens such as I witnessed Friday and Saturday night?
Occurring in January, the first full moon of the year, was called the Wolf Moon by native Americans because the wolves howled. They were probably just hungry and could see nothing much to eat which could make me howl too!
We were blessed here with the 2-night viewing of this lovely moon. Many thought a cloud bank would obscure it, but the cloud bank dissipated and thinned so we could watch its spectacular rising on Friday night. No one in my family thought it would be visible, nor did they think much of the facts I'd presented: it would be 14% bigger and 30% brighter with the red planet Mars to the left.
So, I drove out of town to high place and watched it rise on Friday night all by myself. Later others called me to see if I was still watching it move above the horizon into a thin cloud bank, and then ascend into the high sky. Sick as I was about not having my camera, the Lord gave me another opportunity last night. It wasn't the complete full moon, of course, and Mars wasn't visible, but it was still spectacular. The clouds were thicker and lower, so I didn't get to see it rise.

But the brilliance and larger size were still viewable. My camera, back in hand, I slipped out to the back patio to capture some of the radiance for you. It is rare that we have such clear skies in this part of Idaho this time of year. It snows madly as I write this, actually. Don't you love what God has created, what is made especially for us on earth? I am so grateful.


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

It's so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Wow! Awesome pictures! I'd never heard of a Wolf Moon before. Thanks for educating me!