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What Makes The Sky Blue? (Part 1)

By bro Cornelius Lee

"Why is the sky blue?" This is a popular question that curious young children ask their parents and I'm sure that even some of us, as adults, still ponder on this question until this day. Personally, I do not recall ever asking this question to my parents but, in recent times, I have been pondering on this question. While I was on a different island for military training, there were many restrictions that I had to follow, one of which was the restriction on the usage of the smartphone. This restriction allowed us to use the smartphone in a specific area of the island – by that I mean we could only use it in our bunks. As you know, the smartphone has become an essential part of our lives and some may say they cannot live without their smartphones. Without the smartphone, there was almost nothing to do when we were outside the bunk. The only thing I could do was to look at the sky.

Throughout the 3 months I spent on that island, I observed the beauty of the cloudless azure blue sky, the fluffy clouds, the twinkling stars at night, the full and crescent bright moon, and the occasional rainbow. The sky is truly beautiful, amazing, and a wonderful piece of nature. The blissful blue sky gives off a sense of calmness and serenity amidst the chaos that is the military training I am going through, but how does the sky do this? What makes the sky blue? Is it just the phenomenon of the scattering of light where it so happens that the blue light scatters more easily than the other colours in light? (Thank you, Google, for that answer) Well, to figure all this out, we need to find out where does the sky come from. So, we must go all the way back to the beginning, when creation happened.

How Did The Sky Come To Be?

The vast blue sky is truly a work of nature, so how did it come about in the first place? This question can only be answered by looking at how everything began in the first place. As the analogy goes, if there is a watch, there must have been a watch maker. Hence, there must have been someone great who created the beautiful sky, right?

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1), and with this verse comes the answer of how the sky came to exist. God has created not only the sky but also the sun, moon, and stars that we admire in the sky. (Gen 1:14-18) David also wrote, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;” (Psa 8:3)

Well, some might doubt the existence of a God. However, the evidence is right before our eyes – there's no way a sky that wonderful could have come about by chance of some big explosion long ago. Paul, in the letter to the Romans, wrote, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" (Rom 1:20) Just as the lyrics to the hymn tell us,

"There is, beyond the azure blue

A God, concealed from human sight

He tinted skies with heav’nly hue

And framed the worlds with His great might"

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