When I was pregnant with my second child, my husband thought it would be fun for the two of us to drive four hours north to watch the meteor shower. The drive there was long, and I grew anxious when we turned down a winding road with no street lights. What if we run out of gas? What if I have to go to the bathroom? What if I get hungry? (I was four months pregnant.) When we arrived at the observation site, it was completely black aside from the red lights glowing from the restrooms. What if someone kidnaps us, or a rabid animal attacks? Of course those were the only thoughts racing through my mind, until my eyes adjusted and--wow! I had never seen so many stars in my life. My husband and I spent hours staring at the stars that night. Our necks ached, but we didn’t want to miss a thing.
My husband is blessed to have a childlike fascination. It’s a fascination that he and my daughter share about most things in nature. And one I’m trying to reawaken. I’ve found that the simplest way to do that is to stand in a field of darkness and look up at the stars. It can make even the biggest person feel so small.
There are meteor showers and full moons throughout the year, but there’s no better time for stargazing than the middle of summer. Grab a sleeping bag and some snacks and lay out in the backyard. Read the myths of the constellations or passages from the Bible in which God mentions the stars. A lot of Christians shy away from Astronomy because of its association with pagan religions, but this guy can tell you 10 reasons why teaching your kids about astronomy is important for the classical, Christian homeschooler. You really don’t need 10 reasons, though. Once you’re laying out under the stars with your children, disconnected from all technology, you’ll probably forget about teaching them a lesson anyway and just relish His great creation.
*On August 21 those of us in the U.S. will get to experience the rare solar eclipse. That’s when the moon completely blocks the sun. The last time we could see a full eclipse in the U.S. was in 1979! Click here to see the path of the eclipse!
By Lexi Detweiler
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