What an amazing experience to view part of God’s power and creation on Monday. Several people met in the church parking lot to view the solar eclipse. There was much awe and excitement as the eclipse went through its stages. We were able to view the wonder through special safety glasses, cereal box viewers, a pinpoint in a white piece of paper projecting onto another piece of paper, shadows on the sidewalk, along with pictures people were taking on their phones. The excitement was contagious. We were able to witness the partial eclipse, see a few stars, a planet, and the sky somewhat darkening. As exciting as it was to see 67% of the eclipse, it must have been incredible to experience the total solar eclipse. The reports and pictures of the people in Oregon, Wyoming, across Tennessee and South Carolina that saw the total eclipse were remarkable.
April 8, 2024, there will be another total solar eclipse that will pass through several cities in Texas. After viewing a partial, I’m more than excited about the possibility of experiencing a total eclipse in person. I wonder if they are already taking reservations.
This week I’ve also pondered what it would be like to be totally eclipsed by the Son where when people looked at me they instead saw Jesus. He has already covered all my sins. Each day I am eclipsed by my faith, trust, obedience, words, actions, and deeds. I don’t want to settle for 67% coverage. Oh to be able to live a life that is totally eclipsed by the Son.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Psalm 32:1 (and Romans 4:7)
You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
Not one of them is missing.