What an amazing evening our family had last night. We completed building our Sukkah in preparation to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (also called the Feast of Booths, Ingathering, or Sukkoth), which begins today. It has really been cool to walk through the different feasts the Israelites did in Biblical times and how it relates to Ancient History.
Last night was made even more special as we interrupted our much-needed sleep to see the blood moon. To begin with, we had heard and been preparing to see the blood moon on Wednesday thinking Wednesday night. So after we had completed the sukkah and finished our dinner, we sat down to watch A Time to Speak (a great documentary on the importance of speaking out as Christians in support of our religious freedom). Not knowing it was longer than just a 30-45 minute documentary we stayed up later than we normally would. However, it was because we were up later that it dawned on us that the Wednesday blood moon, would be happening at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, not Wednesday night. So we quickly tried to catch some sleep as we set our alarms for 3:00 a.m.!!
3:00 a.m. came and our whole yard was as bright as ever and how cool is it that I read this morning this verse:
“… then your light will shine in the darkness, and your night will be like noonday.” Isaiah 58:8-11
I can so testify how the night can shine like the noonday, because it looked like noonday at 3:00 a.m. this morning in our back yard!
We waited for a little bit because we had read that it would begin at 3:15 a.m. Well 3:15 a.m. came and went without any signs of a lunar eclipse happening. So we did some research and discovered that it was not going to begin to be visible until 4:15 a.m. and climax at 5:55 a.m. So back to bed most of us went and reset our alarms. Two of our children stayed up outside with hot chocolate and animal crackers and watched it from beginning to end and got some amazing pictures as you can see!!
At about 5:25 we were able to see the majority of the eclipse and reflect upon the death of our Lord Jesus Christ as a blood moon appeared on the evening of His death. I am sure it must have been terrifying to the Jews to have just witnessed their Savior die on the cross earlier that day only to be greeted by a blood moon as they searched for the first three stars of the evening to begin their Sabbath.
It was impacting to read Isaiah 58 this morning as I reflected on the blood moon and rejoiced in the night being as noonday. However, what was even more amazing to me is God’s faithfulness to reveal to me more about the Spring of Life and how it affects my life.
“The Lord will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones. You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry.” Isaiah 58:11
The Lord will always lead us just as He did the Israelites in the wilderness and we have no fear of running dry. I am really excited to share more about the Feast of Tabernacles and about God’s gracious perfect timing regarding how it relates to the Spring of Life in the next few days. In the meantime, we will enjoy schooling underneath the Sukkah!!