Tea under the stars…

Welcome! Tonight we are going to have some fun, you see I love looking at the night sky! I love seeing this amazing universe that God has created with all its suns, planets, solar systems, moons, asteroids, meteors & galaxies…

I thought we would have a hot cuppa under the stars together while making some new discoveries…I have hot chocolate & coffee for you if you aren’t into tea…

In my love of the night sky, over the years I have seen the most amazing celestial events; a Blood Moon, several solar & lunar eclipses, the most awe inspiring & spectacular Leonid Meteor shower, that’s still vivid in my mind to this day.

As well as, several incidences of meteorites suddenly flashing across the night sky, turning night into day while living on the farm, shared in Home sweet home.

This year when I celebrated the milestone that I shared in Ages & stages… my husband Steve (who also shares my love of the Cosmos) & I had planned to travel out to the far north west. To an Astronomical Observatory to experience the night sky, through powerful telescopes on the eve of my milestone, away from light pollution.

seashore during nighttime

But alas my body did not cooperate with these plans & we didn’t get there. However, I decided that if I couldn’t get out to the Observatory telescope, then why not have it come to me!

No, the multimillion dollar Research Observatory didn’t come to me exactly….but I had been blessed with a gift to fund the order of a hobby Telescope! I was so excited about this as I have been fascinated with the Cosmos since Grade 5!

I awaited the arrival of this purchase with that feeling of innocence & whimsy of childhood. When it finally arrived, we put it together per instructions & looked at the weather forecast for that night…heavy cloud cover! No star gazing that night…

The next night, again we looked at the weather forecast…Cloudy! You wouldn’t believe it but this continued for the next fortnight! Great patience was needed!

Finally our patience was rewarded with the forecast we had been awaiting…clear night skies! We excitedly got everything ready anticipating nightfall. We drove down to the waterfront where we thought the expanse of dark water would give the least light pollution & a clear view to the night sky.

As we set up the telescope…we could see plenty of stars sparkling overhead just with our natural eyes, then we looked into the eyepiece of the Reflective telescope, made the necessary adjustments with the Focus Knob to refine the focus & lense magnification…all of a sudden…

The night sky came alive, it was full of stars & galaxies we could not see with our natural eyes!

photo of galaxyThe colors emanating from the stars were spectacular, there were so many stars it was breathtakingly beautiful, we even got to see the red planet closest to us, Mars!

It was a dream come true…

Since that night we have viewed the full Moon needing a lens filter, as the reflection of our Sun upon the moon was blinding. We saw such amazing detail & located the Sea of Rains (Mare Imbruim) upon the moon scape.

astronomy ball shaped black craterInterestingly, I have also learnt, after some rather frustrating attempts on the night to find the full moon which was clearly visible in the sky to our natural eye. That in order to focus upon a celestial body with high magnification we need to use the attached Finderscope on the telescope.

This is to align the scope precisely in the right direction of the celestial body. This enables us to focus on the object before refining magnification, otherwise all that is seen through the eyepiece is total darkness!

This has me pondering…

We fix our focus upon what is seen, but our focus should be on what is unseen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are unseen are eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:18

We need to be mindful of where & in what we have placed our focus upon dear friend…we can get so distracted by our busy lives that are full of temporal things…That we loose sight of the unseen that is there waiting for us to experience.

An unwise choice in focus will only result in frustrating our heart’s view.

We then lose sight of the sparkling bright light of God’s constant love for us that we desire to experience.

But seeing through His Son, Jesus, we can find His direction for a refined magnification & experience of eternity.

Until next time,


You’re most welcome to join me in The Reading Nook

Or in Prayer

© 2019, Jennifer M. Ross, teawithjennifer.blog All Rights Reserved. Photo on Pexels.com 

Blog Party link Ups & Skywatch

44 thoughts on “Tea under the stars…

Add yours

  1. Jennifer, God’s creation never ceases to amaze me and I stand in awe of His creative Hand. What a beautiful analogy sweet friend. May I never lose focus of the unseen!

    My hubby and son have a telescope and they love to view God’s creation! I often have joined them. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing, it is always a blessing!

    Hugs, Pam

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow Jennifer, that is just so beautiful!! Thank God for that precious gift of sight He is granting you now. And thank you for sharing the Scripture that makes it so clear. This is the 2nd place I have read that verse today. So I know that God is emphasizing it to me for this day. Blessings and love to you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. These images are absolutely gorgeous. The colors of the stars look stunning. I love the night sky. Love tracing constellations and finding planets. So glad I found your blog.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I share your faith as you know so I always enjoy your spin on things. Here I am afraid that light pollution makes much sky gazing impossible. In Maine, however, the night sky is fabulous.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Wonderful post!! I think to live an “abundant life” as Jesus came to give us, this is exactly the prescription for it!! I would love to see God’s majesty and creation through your telescope!! To think He simply said, “let it be” and the moon was just there! WOW! Thank you for sharing this!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I love the photos, Jennifer, and this sounds like an amazing experience after your long wait! I love the links you make too about seeing what is unseen and the importance of where we focus!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Was it the Leonid shower of 2001 per chance? I still see that in my minds eye! They said it was one of the largest of its kind that year. At 2:00 am we laid on our backs and watched what looked like a fireworks display. Imagine that sometimes things line up and we become aware of things that have existed and will exist outside of our knowledge! How humbling! What a beautiful post. Let us fix our gaze on what is “unviewable!” lol almost like when Paul reminds us to measure the Love of God that is immeasurable! Love your thoughts! Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, it was the 2001 display, my late husband & I set the alarm to get up & watch it from our homestead steps. It was a special time together that night watching God’s fireworks before he passed away the following year from brain cancer.
      Lovely to have you stop by for a cuppa 😀


  7. What a wonderful way to celebrate God’s creation! A telescope to watch the cosmos is so exciting! One time, we visited my son and daughter-in-law when they lived in Chile. They took us to a remote semi-desert town. The stars we saw there were just breathtaking! Your verse from 2 Corinthians is perfect for this post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That would be so difficult to do when I look into our telescopes they are too numerous to count. I think that was the lesson for Abraham… Don’t you think?
      Lovely to have you drop by for a cuppa Debbie 😀


    1. Thank you Anastasia! They are really stunning aren’t they! Though I’m not that brilliant at night photography, my photos of the night sky unfortunately didn’t turn out but my friends at Pexels.com – which I credited, came to my rescue! 😀


  8. Jennifer,
    I, too, am fascinated by the starry galaxies. What awesome photographs. I still remember lying on the lounge chair on the forward deck of a cruise ship at night. I was enveloped by a canopy of stars. I remember lying there, transfixed, for a long time just pondering the greatness of God.
    Bev xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My hubby has new telescopes with greater magnification, which highlight galaxies we couldn’t see with our unaided eyes before. There are so many stars out there its amazing! We indeed have a great Creator God Bev! Lovely having you drop by today 😀


  9. You sound like my husband. He loves astronomy and has a couple of telescopes. We’ve enjoyed using them especially when there has been some event in the night sky. He has a lot of microscopes as well, and the same is true with them–there’s a whole world of unseen things that only become clear with the right lens.

    I’m reminded of the scene in 2 Kings 6 when the king of Syria sent an army against Elisha, and Elisha’s servant was afraid and wondered what to do. Elisha said, “He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (verses 16-17). God’s unseen care is around us all the time.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Website Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: