Did anyone stay up to see the eclipse last night? I was not only up, but actually remembered to look outside and see it! And what struck me was the color of the moon. It was interesting enough to see it being obscured by the earth's shadow, but from my backyard it had the most beautiful color. It was a subtle hue of brown with hints of orange and warm yellow. Mostly shaded but not at all black and dark like some of the pictures I saw on the news this morning. Just a wonderful blend of colors that have no earthly description. There isn't a perfect way to describe the color. We have gobs of names for colors in our vocabulary, but sometimes when you're facing the beauty and majesty of God's creations, those words just don't do it justice.
This got me thinking about how limited we really are in even being able to express the grandeur and miracle of God's works. Poets write lovely verses, songs are sung, and paintings capture some of it. Photography comes the closest in re-creating it, but even that has it's limits- often a picture can't grab all the hues and tones that we see with our naked eyes. In the end, nothing we do or make can really do anything but imitate God's wonderous creations. So sometimes we need to really open our eyes and take in all of the amazing color and uniqueness of this world we live in. God created it to be a thing of beauty and enjoyment to us. It shouldn't take a lunar eclipse to get us to see that.