Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #160!
Were you able to watch this week’s eclipse?
Although our family doesn’t live in the region of totality, we were actually able to watch it in multiple cities, thanks to the miracle of technology. And even on a much smaller scale – I have not a doubt that it lost much of its true awesomeness being reduced to a smartphone-sized screen – it was a truly moving experience.
But here’s what I found truly interesting…
I was not surprised by the thoughts that many shared about what an ostensibly spiritual experience the totality was. But what did (kinda) surprise me was how similar comments came from friends and acquaintances who are not necessarily “spiritual” people.
Now I’m not one of “those” Christians who looks for symbolism in all things temporal, seeks knowledge of THE exact date Jesus is returning, or is ready to name any world leader as the anti-Christ. I’m more of a “how does this teach me to be more like Jesus in my day-to-day life” kinda gal. Someone who looks at my experiences and life situations and seeks discernment and wisdom about what lessons the Lord is teaching me personally through them.
And here is what I read about the wonder of the skies in Scripture recently:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Kinda neat, huh? I love how these verses reflect much about what went on during the eclipse. A recurring comment I heard and read was how quite animals became. Darkness descended in the areas of totality without a sound. Although there was plenty of commentary going on from the hosts of the streaming sites we watched when it came to those moments of totality…they, too, fell silent. The skies were quiet as well, yet spoke volumes: NASA recorded the event using over a dozen aircraft and will spend months studying the footage to learn more about the sun, the Earth, and the solar system.
If this wasn’t declaring the glory of God, if the skies weren’t proclaiming the work of his hands, if knowledge is not being revealed through the images picked up in the darkened sky…without a sound…well, then, I have no earthly idea what WAS going on!
Of course, this is just my personal opinion.
But I can say with certainty that the same God that orchestrated the events of this past Monday – and countless others that fill me with awe and make me feel like less-than-a-speck in the cosmos – is the same One who knows the number of hairs on my head and considers me the apple of His eye.
Whether or not you were able to experience the totality of a mid-day eclipse, I do hope that this brief commentary encourages you today. You are known. You are remembered. You are loved.
What was your eclipse experience like? Did it bring on wonder, or was it just another day? When was the last time you were part of something that perhaps caused you to think about your place in the cosmos?
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