On December 20th, 2010 my husband, son, and I were traveling to visit my sister in Portland. We got a late start, because if we say we will leave by nine in the morning we really mean two in the afternoon. We had eleven hours to drive which meant a probable night in a hotel somewhere. As it turned out it was a blessing to leave late.
We found ourselves driving through the Wallowa mountains on the Eastern side of Oregon in the dark, or should I say in the light. It was an amazing evening! It just happened to be the night of the lunar eclipse. I will attempt to describe the scene we beheld on that beautiful night.
When had the moon shone brighter than that night? There were clouds, but they couldn't blot out the moon. Many times when I looked up I saw a perfect ring of light (sometimes a red ring) around the moon as it shone through the clouds.
The full moon shone down and illuminated the mountainous landscape. The blue tinted light was so bright we could easily see for miles. The glory of the moonlight was amplified as it was reflected on the thick pervasive blanket of snow. The mountain sides clothed with white-laced evergreens were lovely to behold in the moon's soft glow. Everywhere we looked there were simmering sparkles of light.
The landscape was breathtaking and my imagination ran wild.Envision with me a full spectrum of light shining from moon to earth. Rainbows of light shinning from every particle of snow arching weaving looping dancing from crystal to crystal. If every bit of light were visible to the human eye the aura would be awesome to behold.
Did we see the eclipse? No, we were asleep in LaGrande before that marvelous event, but there is no disappointment. It was an absolutely joyful night, and our Christmas in Portland with family equally joyful! Thank you Lord for your bounteous blessings!