Seeing the night skies for many people is like a taste of the unsearchable. Perhaps scenes on the earth are too common, so the same reaction does not bubble up so quickly. There is nothing like a beautiful night sky scene, even if it is as simple as a moonrise in clouds, to cause a return to the question, “How can this be?” So men and women struggle to find an answer as the scenes grow deeper, farther in space, and farther from the present reality on earth. Theories on theories are suggested, but origins is not the realm of science. Rather, it is in the realm of history. So where do we find it’s answers?
God is so bold to provide written information on creation. He says in the New Testament that what we see is not created from what is visible (Hebrews 11:3). In a manner of speaking, scientists and cosmologists agree as their struggles to devise how the universe came to be through existing observable processes are hopelessly lost in exceptions to existing laws and grand assumptions that somehow create the complexity of the things we have observed in space. Something as simple as an equation to produce the first known particle are beyond reason.
On the other hand, God is direct. He commanded creation. The Genesis account, which is his but delivered in such a way that a people could record it for us, is clear, succinct, structured, and deliberate. For many people, the first taste of the question, “how can this be?” starts with the nearest planetary body: the moon. Children usually start there, because it is relatively easy to see. Then a few hundred years ago, optics were discovered so we can see its surface. The painting below is a simple one: moonrise among layers low clouds. the contrast in the scene was astounding. I still remember the full moon pounding through the clouds. It’s brightness highlighted the cloud layers and put the foreground in black.
The painting was done from a quick but poor picture. Detail was from memory. The moon was placed in the scene only recently. Normally observing is done with pencil or pastel on an observing sheet, but we have been experimenting with oils. On August 9 and 10 I developed two oil paintings of Tycho and Schiller during a live observing time. These two sketches (as well as the one, above) are placed with a story with same title as this post at this link: http://christworksministries.org/inspiration_unsearchable.
For those who gaze at the sky with that common question, “How can this be?”, I believe you will enjoy the full story and sketches. Roland