September 28, 2022
It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans are unable to see the Milky Way because of the amount of light pollution around where they live.
When was the last time you saw the Milky Way? My sister claims she has never seen the Milky Way and has placed that high up on her bucket list of things to do. A few years ago she took a camel tour across the desert in Rajasthan with the hopes of seeing the Milky Way at night. She didn’t anticipate the fireworks that the guides lit to celebrate the new year, so all she saw in the night sky was smoke.
We were privileged to view the Milky Way several nights this past week while camping in Acadia National Park. They celebrate a Night Sky Festival in September every year around the new moon when the skies are the darkest. This festival began in 2009 after the local town passed an ordinance that required outdoor lighting to be “night sky friendly.” Some of the measures they’ve taken include outdoor lights facing downwards, on timers, and activated by motion sensors so that they’re on only when needed.
Even though light is a good thing, having it at the wrong time, at the wrong place, or at the wrong brightness can cause pollution and prevent us from seeing the beauty of the night sky and the Milky Way. It’s like that in life. We can be so easily distracted from our goals by good things along the way. Keeping our eyes on the final goal helps us understand that everything else along the way is not the end. There is a higher purpose. As the hymn goes, “turn your eyes upon Jesus…and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Gerald Christo
Pastor, Young Adults
“For I am convinced that…’ nothing’…can separate from the love of God.” Romans 8:38, 39