I had on my bucket list the desire to jump on a train in Oslo or Stockholm and travel north to visit Aurora Borealis. To see this moving display of particles bouncing off the earth’s atmosphere and dancing a waltz with the electromagnetic spectrum explains the how, but not the why. What I mean is this; I firmly believe that God has put this and other phenomena in place to please the human eye. Why all these stars? Why do we, on this planet have a window outside our solar system- this is not the privilege of other places in the universe.
Some years ago, I read an article about a solar eclipse that was best seen in Peru. It did not surprise me that when the nation observed it, they cried. I can understand that I would so the same if I saw the Northern Lights. It’s the emotion that fills us when we feel that great sense of awe; that sense that something greater than us created this. Consider God’s words to Job, the ancient Oriental,
“Where were you when I established the earth? Where were you when I established the earth? Tell Me if you have understanding.
Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? “Job 28 HCSB.
Due to practical and health reasons, I have removed the trip to the Scandinavian north to visit the Northern Lights, but in its place, I have added some places in Scotland where they can be seen, given the right conditions.
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