The beautiful open cluster, the Pleiades, can be seen for nearly a half of every year by most of the earth’s population, but is even more notable because God mentions it twice in the scriptures. So the very author and creator of stars cites the cluster in Amos and Job. Contrary to the notion that He is unreachable or does not seek to draw people to himself, God is personal to those with hungry souls: wanting to know the One who has made the universe and who can provide consolation in the midst of contrary circumstances.
Consider this: God does not need us yet he provides sign posts in the skies and on the earth–intending to draw us. Pleiades is one of those sign posts, and one that he deliberately mentions. Most observers of the heavens observe this cluster many times, but how many consider its larger purpose: to point to our Creator. Here is a 40 minute sketch of the cluster using a 16 power binocular on a reflecting window:
The original pencil sketch was on a regular sheet of white paper. I simply inverted it and reduced its size. The sky conditions after the front passage (moist but windy air) were such that I could see faint light around the major 7 stars. It will not be the last time I observe this cluster. But what about its obvious mention in the scriptures? Could it be that God really does point to things he has made to cause us to think and question, “how can this be?” Absolutely. I can testify a little bit of the extent of his love and concern for those who would dare reach to him. Some things (like the Pleiades) show the emphasis of his invitation.
To know the kind and depth of peace that comes through Jesus Christ is something that I can neither buy nor earn. I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me. When I see things he mentions (like the Pleiades) it serves to reinforce my faith and my experience walking with God. So the next time you observe the Pleaides, consider God’s intention in the matter. Contact me if you want to talk about it. It would be my pleasure to respond.
If you think you might enjoy recording what you see in the heavens, you might want to take a look at the link below, where I captured M46 and M47 using the same equipment and added a story with it. If you would like to learn a bit about recording observations, let us know. It’s what we do overseas for teachers and children.
The link for M46/M47 and the associated story: http://christworksministries.org/inspiration_m46m47