“Can you catch the eye of the beautiful Pleiades sisters, or distract Orion from his hunt? Can you get Venus to look your way, or get the Great Bear and her cubs to come out and play? Do you know the first thing about the sky’s constellations and how they affect things on Earth?” Job 38:31-33 The Message
A meteor shower.. starting at eleven p.m. and lasting until sunrise. The best shooting stars were predicted to be the hour before dawn, up to 20 an hour. Ruth and I decided to wake up a hour or so before sunrise and watch the meteor shower. So around five a.m. we stumbled out of bed.. gathered a pile of fuzzy blankets, bundled up in warm jackets and beanies, made hot chai and drove over to our field overlooking the lake. We laid out the picnic blanket and then curled up on top of it in the pile of blankies.. crunching the ice covered leaves underneath. Then we sat there, sipping our hot chai, excitedly watching the sky above for shooting stars… and trying to pretend it wasn’t below freezing outside.
We huddled there gazing at the stars framed by the trees.. and as time went on we starting wondering.. waiting..
“I just saw a shooting star! I love how when you see a shooting star.. you catch your breath and your heart stops beating for a moment.. like not quite sure you’re actually watching it.. and afraid it will stop..” Ruth pointed to the part of the sky she’d seen it.
The sky turned to pink..
… and then to yellow, and one by one the stars faded from view till all that was left was Venus shining out above the lake. Steam was rising from the lake silhouetted by the trees behind… a owl hooted in the distance. It was so amazing and somehow very deeply beautiful.. almost awe-inspiring.. just to be a part of this beautiful world at that time of day. No more shooting stars.. just that one.
At first I didn’t understand why we only saw one.. when some other friends who stayed up late last night watched lots of them fall. Then almost as soon as I came home I found out that my grandpa went to heaven last night.. he left this earth and went up there.. past the stars.. left all this and went to be with Jesus.. and I realized, that one star was for me.. just one..
One person I loved.. shining in the night sky.
I love you, Grandpa.