Do you really see when you look?

It sounds like a play on words but it is not. What does a parent do when they train a child to pay attention? Paying attention is something learned; it is not automatic. It takes some time to get a child to look at something to see what is intended.  It takes a little time and some thought. A child’s looking is quick to change and jump around, so teaching the simple discipline of paying attention requires a change. Adults are no different, and the lesson often has to be relearned when the scenes we see are common. Husbands and wives relearn this all the time. Have you ever had a perfunctory greeting–one that is automatic but the person looks right past you? Have you ever greeted a friend but keep right on walking or doing something, not really seeing the person?  So we often look at something but don’t really see.

People look at the heavens all the time. God put them in place to point to Him, but they are so common we do not see them. I have been with friends when I commented about a moonrise. I often get this question, “How do you know this?” The person did not notice because the scene is so common and obvious that it is not noticed. Yet, the moon’s precise size, rotation, and orbit are all specifically created and assigned…all accomplished on that 4th day of creation. It causes my looking at the common periodic event to see the hand of the Creator. The rest of the celestial sphere was created on the same 4th day (Genesis 1:16), and Psalm 19:1 clearly says the heavens point to God with a language that does not have words. It only takes looking, but the looking has to be attentive in a Biblical sense or a person does not see it.

The sketch below took about 40 minutes. It was done with a 16 power binocular on two common and bright objects in the constellation called Cancer. In April they are high in Western sky. If the sky is reasonably dark, M44 is like a white puff and pretty large. A binocular permits a person to pick out many of the stars. M67 is smaller; individual stars cannot be seen at low power but the white puff can still be located easily.

So what do you see if you see them? Are you looking at a grand accident that occurred over deep time by chance? Is it that common and inconsequential? I suggest otherwise. The sentiment of Psalm 8:13 came to mind when I did the sketch, so it is at the top of the observing sheet. I know the popular view says it happened by chance but the Creator, the Eyewitness to His own work, says otherwise. Consider this: if a person thinks these objects (like others) are a total accident over deep time, are they really seeing when they look?

The real issue in seeing the heavens is not just looking at objects but knowing the One who made them. That changes the looking to seeing.


To look at a similar story with a sketch of M51, go to this link:


About Roland

We avidly enjoy teaching about and observing God's creation. We are active in Christian mission work that often takes us to the Philippines and Asia. the observation of God's creation in terms. Part of the outreach and work is to maintain a site: [or use]. This site includes inspirational blogs, free downloadable courses, and a history of the charity organization. We aim to share the love of Jesus Christ, who has graciously extended his love to us. Our faith is a walking faith, so faith and works, as much as we are able, are married together.
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