The literal version, of course, refers to Venus, Jupiter, and Mars, all in what is called “planetary conjunction,” where because of their orbits they are brilliantly visible and clustered around each other. Absolutely beautiful.
Figuratively, each year I have one particular week that is very stressful. I must grade one of the longest and most technical writing assignments and return it to the students within one week so that they have enough time to complete the final part of the assignment. It is a bear to grade--a big bear--a grizzly! This past week was that week; however, the stress never materialized because I had not only the necessary time and energy to get the work completed, but also extra time to relax and rejuvenate. All aspects of my world seemed to be perfectly aligned.
However, there have been other times when the skies featured beautiful astronomical sights: meteor showers, eclipses, harvest or blue moons, yet I wasn’t able to see them because in my part of the world, the skies were cloudy, obscuring the sight from view. But that didn’t mean they weren’t there. I just couldn’t see them.
Likewise, sometimes our own worlds get “clouded” by concerns and problems, but that doesn’t mean God isn’t there, or that He isn’t working. Sometimes we just have to trust what we can’t see.
When the skies come alive with the beauty of God’s creation, it is a reminder and a reflection of the majesty of God Himself. Romans 1:20 reminds us: “For since creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead . . . .”