Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Eph. 1:3).
How often do you look up and marvel at the night sky? My guess is that your answer depends on what you see when you do.
Wonders upon wonders exist in the heavens but we can see only a fraction of the stars and planets. Though people have tried, there are simply too many to count. According to astronomers at Sky and Telescope magazine, roughly 9,000 stars can be viewed with the naked eye.
That number gets cut in half depending on atmospheric conditions, seasons and light pollution. The average New York City resident sees just seven stars, and the view in other places is vastly different. One year my family and I took a trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and we were stunned by the nightly display. Stars, planets, and the Milky Way were on full view. We made it a point to look up every evening.
A few years ago I taught a semester of astronomy (I’m a homeschooler) and the kids and I stargazed through our telescope every night. Viewing the stars and planets through binoculars and telescopes exponentially increases our ability to see them. Trillions of galaxies illuminate the heavens and point our attention to the One who created them.