Watercolor by Kimberly Shaw Dec 20, 2013
I enjoy the night sky immensely and I almost missed this event if God had answered my prayer. It was a silly prayer. I was tired and wanted to sleep. I went to bed early, about 8:30. I typically sleep very well, but on December 18th sleep escaped me. After an hour I shouted out loud, "God, I'm so tired I just want to sleep!"
A few minutes later a bright light from outside flooded my room. A closer look revealed the full moon overhead and a bright star next to it. A quick Google search told me it was Jupiter, which would be 2 degrees from the moon on Dec 18th at 9:30pm in the Pacific Northwest. Even more amazing to me, personally, it was a cloudless night where it had been overcast all week.
With my big coat over my PJ's, I stepped outside into the cold winter air to marvel at the wonder of God who, at the opportune time cleared the sky to show me His creation and kept me awake to see it.