I went to Olla Louisiana last week. It’s a little place, a very little place, in the middle of the state. I was there for a business trip, but I took some binoculars with me because I figured I might get to see some stars at night. After all, Olla is a long way from anywhere. Bright city lights should not be a problem.
In Atlanta, the bright city lights do overwhelm some of the stars. Sometimes it’s frustrating. I tried to see a comet a few weeks ago, but even though it was a clear night, the sky was just too bright. The comet was nowhere to be seen. Unable to outshine the lights of the city.
Since it was a very small town in the middle of the countryside, I figured things would be different in Olla . . . and they were. I saw even fewer stars in Olla than I had seen in Atlanta. The city lights weren’t the problem; the clouds were. An overcast sky is pretty deadly to a stargazing party, even in Olla.
When I got back home, I looked up at a clear Atlanta sky. There were the stars. Maybe not as many as a clear sky in the country would reveal, but more than enough to reveal the glory of God’s creation.
Sometimes I do grumble about living in Atlanta. The crowds and congestion can be frustrating. However, I do believe it is where God has put me, at least for now. And, whether stargazing or just living life, I would rather have a clear sky in Atlanta than a cloudy sky in Olla any time.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
– 1 Timothy 6:6-8 NKJV