What About All that Sky?
The heavens may be loosely defined as the expanse above the earth – if we understand that what we see is a lot less than what there actually is. After centuries of study, we are still baffled about the full purpose of the heavens and just how it manages to contain and surround the earth. One of the biggest questions that we have is “Why the sky is blue?”
I don’t know if I’ve ever told you, but one of my most favorite things is to go to the beach. There’s nothing like bobbing in the ocean and looking at that great expanse of beautiful blue skies (unless it’s floating on your back, eyes closed, fully conscious that it is there).
I remember as a child wondering why the ocean was blue only to be told that it reflected the sky. Then why is the sky blue? I can’t recall if I ever got an answer to that question.
Today I know that the scientific answer is that the sky is blue because it’s reflecting the light of the sun and blue waves are apparently shorter than red ones (or any other color for that matter). For a more detailed scientific answer, check out this article from NASA.
Do I disbelieve that answer? No. I’m not a scientist but I so much prefer to think that the sky is blue because God made it that way. Because see, here’s my thing: Yes blue rays are constantly being scattered but why isn’t everything else blue? Or at least, why don’t they have a blue tinge? See where I’m going? I prefer to stand with David who said:
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Psalm 19:1 ESV).”
Just think, God looked at the great big nothingness (that he could now see clearly cause you know, he had made light) and said,
“Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth, and that’s exactly what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky” (Genesis 1:6-8 NLT).”
Was the sky blue at that point? I have no idea. What I do believe is that the sky that we see now is part of a great plan because I don’t know if you’ve noticed, Jehovah is an artist.
Have you ever noticed how the colors all blend and melt and bleed into one another? Have you ever seen a sunrise or a sunset where the sky is just literally filled with color?
No two are exactly the same and it tends to look different depending on where you are…. So a person in Seychelles, Africa would have a totally different sunrise or sunset than someone who lived in Australia. The beauty of it is if you sit and just watch, you will feel this love for the Creator of all things bubbling up in your soul. You too will sing like David that the very sky that is above our heads tells of one who is greater than all of us.
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