Last Friday night Brendan and I were driving to a friend’s house outside the city. Up ahead of us in the sky we saw the full moon silhouetted between two blocks of flats. It hung in the sky larger than normal. We drove on outside the city. The moon was high in the sky but not looking so big. Did we see an optical illusion? The moon can be seen all over the world when it is night The reason the moon looks bigger is because at this time of the year the moon is closest to the earth on its path around the earth. It is a sign that the season has changed. We have moved from winter to spring.
I enquired from my friend if she saw the moon. Yes, she said. It is called the Worm Moon because the worms begin to move through the soil as the land gets warmer. I enquired more about the Worm Moon. A farmer friend told me the worm is a farmer’s best friend. The quantity of soil each worm moves is fantastic, maintaining the health of the soil. It causes the nutrients on the surface of the soil from dead leaves, animal waste and other debris to be passed down into the lower layers of soil. The movement of worms in the top layers aerates the soil. The seeds the farmer has planted absorb the nutrients and oxygen the worms have pulled down from the surface.
As I looked up at the moon that evening, I took my eyes off my immediate difficulties. I am amazed how everything is in order in nature. I agree with the scripture from Psalm 65,
Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets you inspire shouts of joy.
I am happy for the change of season. These last weeks have been cold, wet and windy. I am enjoying the sunshine. The daffodils lift their heads and the tulip buds open up in full colour. The birds begin to pair up again to build their nests to rear their young. By the time the nest is built and the young have hatched there will be plenty of worms available under dead leaves or in the vegetable patch to fetch for the hungry mouths.