Last night we went outside to look at the Supermoon – so called because the moon was the closest to the earth that it has been for decades and will be for a couple more. Wow!
It was not the biggest moon I’ve ever seen, but it was perfectly full, and extremely white! I think more details of the surface could be seen just looking at it than can sometimes be seen even with binoculars. It was amazing.
I gazed at the night sky, and noticed some stars, and even recognized Mars, which had a definite red color to it. I thought about the sun, the moon, and the stars – all up there in the heavens. I remembered looking at the night sky when I was young, seeking comfort, understanding, strength, closeness to God.
I started to wonder if it was the closest that night, surely the following night it would still have to be almost as close. Then I pictured watching the moon where it was and envisioned the earth turning on its axis and wondered how far would that take us away from the moon, and how quickly? I could almost feel the earth moving.
And that brought me back to thinking of the people throughout time who had looked up at the sky, seeing the heavenly bodies, and trying to come up with explanations about what was going on. Some would make up stories to explain why the sky changed as it did. Some probably forgot as life became too bogged down with trying to stay alive. Some few probably told horror stories to scare others.
I think Heavenly Father, after He created the heavens and the earth and all things that in them are, explained to His children exactly what it all was and what it meant. And He told them to ask Him anything at anytime, and He would inspire them and give them answers.
And so, when we are looking for knowledge and wisdom, we can turn to Him and ask. He has promised that He will help us to find what we are looking for.
The sun, the moon, the stars, all things in heaven and earth are testaments of God and of His love for us. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8.