Lights of Marfa, Texas

The Marfa lights, also known as the Marfa ghost lights, have been observed near Route 67 east of Marfa, Texas.   They have gained some fame as onlookers have described them to paranormal phenomena such as ghosts.  IMG_6265

The mysterious Marfa Lights that look like glowing balls or orbs appear in the sky over the desert out West of this Texas town. For generations they have mystified the locals and visitors that are mesmerized by these lights.  Witnesses, say these lights vary in color of yellow, red, blue, white and other colors. These colored basketballs size lights are known to hover, merge, twinkle and split into two.  They float up into the air and quickly dart across this area east of Marfa know as Mitchell Flat.  No one knows for sure when these light will appear in the sky.  They have been seen in all kind of weather conditions, but only a few nights a year.

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According to the Houston Chronicle,  Native American Indians in this area thought these were fallen stars.  1883 was the first known mention of the Marfa lights.   A cowhand named Robert Ellison said to have seen the lights flickering one night while he was herding cattle near Mitchell Flat.  He thought the lights were Apache campfires.  This cowhand was told by settlers in the area they often saw the lights.  According to the Texas State Historical Association , “Over the years many explanations for the lights have been offered, ranging from an electrostatic discharge, swamp gas, or moonlight shining on veins of mica, to ghosts of conquistadors looking for gold. The most plausible explanation is that the lights are an unusual phenomenon similar to a mirage, caused by an atmospheric condition produced by the interaction of cold and warm layers of air that bend light so that it is seen from a distance but not up close. In recent years the lights have become a tourist attraction. The Texas State Highway Department has constructed a roadside parking area nine miles east of Marfa on U.S. Highway 90 for motorists to view the curious phenomenon.”

Between Heaven and Texas   Between heaven and Texas, there’s a sky that goes on forever. On cloudless mornings after a norther has blown through, the sky is such a perfect cobalt blue that you forget the “between” and know that heaven is Texas, or Texas is heaven—it doesn’t really matter which. But most days there are clouds between Texas and heaven—puffy white clouds that set us dreaming on lazy summer days or roiling storm clouds that unleash lightning, tornadoes, and hail. The sky between heaven and Texas is a stage for drama more often than not, just like the lives we live below it. Perhaps that’s why we’re always looking up.

When you are traveling through Texas, stop and take a moment to look up at the Texas skies.  You will be amazed.

 

Psalm 19:1  The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

 

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