You had to be an ostrich with your head buried in the sand this week (8/21/17) to not be aware of the fact a swath of our country was experiencing a full eclipse of the sun. Because we live in South Carolina, my husband and I were blessed to be part of that experience. We got our glasses and took the boat out on the lake. I can only say it was a fabulous show that the Lord God Almighty put on for His children to see.
It was in the middle of the afternoon, and it grew dimmer and dimmer around us. There was an eerie feeling in the atmosphere as though there was something extraordinary about to happen. Even our dog Lily barked to signal that she knew this was out of the ordinary. On the lake, the horizon burst into violets, pinks and blues of twilight.
As I watched the moon completely cover the sun, I observed the glorious halo that surrounded the moon. It was such a breathtaking view. My husband and I sat there in awe about what we were witnessing. The moon continued to pass over, and it got light and lighter until it was normal again.
How like God to teach us a lesson about Himself in such a magnificent way. As all this was happening, I thought about how the moon represented sin in our world. It seems today more and more people are going their own way and trying to blot God out and ignore that He is and that He has laws we need to abide by.
No matter how people try to cover up or blot out God, He is still here and can be seen. His glory and majesty cannot be covered. It shines out from behind any sin or attempt to ignore Him. He is the Great I AM. Those glasses we used to watch the eclipse represent our spiritual eyes that can see His glory when others who do not have them cannot.
I was amazed at how it took only a sliver of the sun to make the darkness go away. The same can be said for God. This world, as sinful as it is, would easily be and often seems to be a dark and awful place to live, except for the fact that God is still among us in all His glory. A halo of light in a dark world.
Those of us who believe and have faith in the LORD, take on His light. We then become bits of light in the darkness. It is our job to show the LORD to others and keep Him alive in humanity by practicing and showing others the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Those are the things that are stronger than anything Satan can hurl at us. These things come from the LORD and show a glimpse of what He is like. The darkness cannot cover these things, for they shine too brightly, especially when practiced in His name.
For me the eclipse was a reminder that God is in control no matter what we do here on Earth. His Glory is always shinning for those of us who have the spiritual eyes to see. I am humbled that I can share in that glory by being a light in this world and shine for Him by faith and practicing the fruit of the spirit.
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Psalms 145:3-7 NIV