Doing a New Thing...teaching Astronomy

I accepted the challenge of teaching  two of my grandchildren a course in astronomy!  Fortunately my daughter found a text book  for us to use entitled, Exploring Creation with Astronomy because I have never taken a class in astronomy!  I will be learning along side them.   This is an Immersion approach to learning so this course is supposed to last one year.  We will be learning a lot, I hope, about the knowledge of the stars (that's what the word astronomy means).   The textbook begins with Psalm 19:1 the heavens are telling the glory of God, and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.  After the first class my grandson, Jakin and I were sooo excited in learning about this part of God's creation.  I was so awestruck at the immensity of the whole universe and the amazing fact that our God not only knows us, but cares for us enough to set a system in place that keeps us safe on this planet we call earth.   

It is my hope and prayer that these two children will learn about the universe and its components, that they will see how amazing the stars, planets are all interconnected.  This week we learned why the planets were created---to help fasten the earth in place.  They keep the earth from moving too far from the sun, or too close to it.  They help make our world steady (I think that is was a NEW thought for me!) But, it led me to think about the important people in my life and how they, as we interact, help hold me steady.  The center of our galaxy is our sun.  The center of my world, is the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  As I stay in proper relationship with him and my family and friends, my world is stable and steady.  Let me wander too far from one or the other and I start to wobble a bit.  Thankfully, the Holy Spirit draws me back in place. I spent time with a friend this week and we both encouraged each other to stand in our place and allow His Spirit to use us as He sees fit.  She sees me better through God's eyes than I sometimes see myself.  Her encouragement makes me stand taller and go farther in my call.  May God add those kinds of friends into your lives.   

I don't expect things to go super smoothly during all of our class times--or the kids to always enjoy the work, but I got the privilege of watching Jakin's eyes light up as he thought about the things we were discussing and that was priceless.   When we were discussing if the moon isn't a planet, what is it?  And Jakin looked at me and said, "Grandma, it's a moon!" And we all laughed becuase of course the "teacher" should have known that, right! (I just had to have my mind jogged a bit--for I did know it).   I confessed to my students that I was going to be learning right along with them and they are ok with that. To help someone, we don't have to know it all...just walk humbly and admit it!  Our God is amazing.  His world is amazing.  Learning about both of them together with these young ones is a privilege.  It is good to do something for the first time.  I probably wouldn't take the time to learn about astronomy without this motivation.  What is it that God may be asking you to do to help someone that you might not do for yourself, but you could do for others? 

I choose to discover the abundant life God has called me to live.  In Genesis 37, it says that Jacob refused to be comforted when he was told Joseph was dead.  I prayed and said, Lord I choose to allow you to comfort me, to learn from my grief and trust you to help me to turn my mourning into joy.  I believe that looking up into Outer Space will remind me to look up to my Creator who has planned my life.  Will you join me in looking unto Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the author and finisher of our faith?