Tag: space rocks

July Fly-by

We started the month celebrating a somber 4th of July. Why did it feel more like a funeral than Independence Day? Could it be that here in California we’re all basically under house arrest? Except for our convicted criminals. They’re being let out of jail by the thousands. Anyway, I thought Titus’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner fit the mood. Here’s the link.

Joel and Nathan got to take a road trip with their Opa up to Idaho to visit cousins. Besides an amazing show of hospitality by Tom’s middle brother and his family, Joel finally got some good catfish-ing under his now 15-year-old belt.

My IG Birthday greeting to this remarkable boy read like this:

“Happy Birthday to my fish catching, game hunting, piano playing, fly tying, snowcave sleeping, omelette flipping, anything high climbing, board shredding, highest peak in the lower 48 summiting, Gospel sharing, bike jumping, poker winning, truth loving, schoolwork dodging, gun toting, arrow sending, Bible thumping, trouble making, thrill seeking, wilderness surviving, double daring, son Joel. And that just describes the first 2 years of your teens. I can’t imagine what God has in store for you in the years to come. He obviously custom made you for adventure.”

Unfortunately, he and Titus have been unemployed since March. Tom, thankfully still has a job, but the camp being shut down for 5 months has obviously been a hardship. Keeping a houseful of 3 teenage boys, and 2 that might as well be, busy and in order with no work, no school, no camps, and limited interaction with friends has been a challenge to say the least. Mainly they’ve just been running wild in the woods all spring and summer. But honing those wilderness survival skills isn’t such a bad idea given our current political climate.

I was able to reign them in briefly to do some night-sky gazing recently. Jupiter and Saturn have been stunning this month. Our telescope was able to give us the first clear view of Saturn’s rings we’ve ever had. And of course, there was the Neowise comet. I think there might be one or two nights left to catch a glimpse of this 3-mile wide space rock orbiting our sun. You can find it right below the Big Dipper. I’m reposting some illustrations the boys did back in 2019 of the various kinds of space rocks and a poem to help you remember each kind.

“Dirty snowball out in space

with smudgy tail making chase


Ice melts off and leaves behind

Dirt and rocks that sometimes find


Their way through Earth’s thick atmosphere

But burn all up before getting here


Except for sometimes they crash on through

And hopefully don’t land on you!”


The End.

Titus wasn’t interested in our childish bit of poetic nonsense so here are some more accurate definitions from him.img_3536

Anyway, hope your July has been star-spangled and that August will still find us all fighting for the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Devo 16

“While they were going down the ascent of Beth-horon, the Lord threw down large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died because of the hailstones than the sons of Israel killed with the sword. At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.”
Joshua 10:11-13

We’ve been studying space rocks this week and learning about a whole concentrated belt of them orbiting the sun between the planets of Mars and Jupiter. There’s a theory that these chunks of ice and rock are remnants of an exploded planet. This hypothesis is aptly named “The Exploded Planet Hypothesis.” The fact that such a theory exists in mainstream astronomy has me wondering why the same scientists are so quick to dismiss “The Flooded Planet Hypothesis.”

If we’re willing to consider a planetary event cataclysmic enough to obliterate one planet and damage neighboring planets with a shower of debris, why is a temporarily drenched planet so out of the question? Maybe the ancient global flood accounts found across every continent deserve a little more credence than they’re given.

The fact is, as securely as we may currently dwell on our little blue dot, the universe is a pretty volatile place. Crazy stuff happens. Planets explode. Others get hammered by debris. They change temperature. Their water dries up. They get flooded.

We shouldn’t be surprised when we read in passages like Joshua 10, Job 9:7 and Habakkuk 3:11 that “the sun stood still.” If you need to be reminded why not, just scroll on back to last week’s Devo 15. It’s all God’s. The Sun, the moon, the stars, the earth and everything in it. He made everything for His glory and His good purposes.
Sometimes those purposes might include judging the whole earth in a world wide flood, or raining down space rocks (perhaps from an exploding planet?) on an enemy, or adding hours to a day in order to bring victory to a servant who dared to ask.

Interesting isn’t it, that the book of Joshua records the asking and granting of the request as the truly remarkable thing, rather than interruption of the sun’s course in the sky.

“The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.” Joshua 10:13,14

As 2 Kings 3:18 says, “This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord.” This commanding of the sun, this summoning of waters, this granting of victories and judging of man. Those are small things for a big God. But heeding the voice of a puny man? That truly was remarkable!

And yet, that’s the kind of God we serve. The God of Joshua and the stand-still sun is the same God who loved us enough to die for us, despite our futile rebellion against Him. He is the God who hears and heeds every broken and contrite heart that cries out to Him in repentance, as surely as He heard and headed the voice of Joshua on that remarkable day. And as He fought for Israel, He surely will fight for you. Just ask.

Friday’s Factoid Week 14

We’re studying space rocks right now and pulled out a rhyme we made up last go-around to remember all the different kinds. You can check out the original by clicking here.


Dirty snowball out in space

With smudgy tail making chase.


Ice melts off and leaves behind

Dirt and rocks that sometimes find…


Their way through Earth’s thick atmosphere

But burn all up before getting here.


Except for sometimes they crash on through

And hopefully don’t land on you!


Below is a summary of definitions complements of Titus and if you click here there’s a link to a bonus Friday Flashback!