It is always interesting to me the things that people rally around. The simplest of task, the smallest event, and suddenly our population is united like never before. Even amidst a civil struggle, something as ordinary as the moon and sun causes everyone to stop what they are doing, lay down their dissents, put aside their differences, and join together for a remarkable event.
I’ll be honest, the eclipse hasn’t really been on my mind. It’s been in my news feed and in my everyday conversation with the people around me, but it’s just not something that has struck me like it seems to have the rest of the world. But what has been on my mind is how people can be so infatuated with an event such as the eclipse, and be so struck by its remarkableness that they are willing to drive great lengths, pay astronomical prices for a “good seat,” and even make a vacation out of the event and yet still, there are folks who don’t believe God exists. That, to me, is the most astounding part of all.
“He counts the stars and calls them each by name,” Psalm 147:4
If you google the definition of an eclipse, NASA gives the following example:
An eclipse takes place when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body. There are two types of eclipses on Earth: an eclipse of the moon and an eclipse of the sun.
A heavenly body. I loved that this is how they described the moon, Earth and the sun. In fact, that term is commonly used to describe any planet, star, or celestial body. It may seem like I am splitting hairs, but I’ve always found it interesting how so many things that we come across have reference to the Bible. God’s word is used to define, or determine all kinds of things in our everyday life, yet there are those who still need to be convinced that God exists, that our world was created by our Heavenly Father.
Psalm 147:4 is only one of the many verses in the Bible that tells of God’s awesome power. Every chapter contains evidence of his creation, his masterpiece which is everything in existence, including you and me. It all begins in Genesis, the first account of how God created everything we know as our world in six days. Let that sink in a moment. Our Lord and Savior spoke everything (the seas, the land, the animals, the sun, the moon, the planets) into existence. His power is so great that he gathered up dust from the Earth and formed the likes of mankind. There is no superhero, no Greek God, nothing that can compare to his awesome power.
“In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land,” Psalm 95:4-5
For me, there are two things that today we are reminded of. One is that the mighty God we serve created this event that is so remarkable. As you are watching the eclipse today, I pray that He is on your mind. I pray that as you stand there, watching this event take place for what may be the last time in our lifetime, that you remember that story in Genesis, how he spoke this world into existence. And in that matter of speech, he not only created the Earth, the moon and the sun, but he created this event we will experience. He created a world so profound that it mechanical works together with these two other heavenly bodies to hold our world into place and to keep it thriving every second of every day. But what strikes me even more is that the same God that is responsible for the eclipse, and every other remarkable event we will ever experience in our life, that same Savior created you. And me. And not just that, but he created us in His image. We are created in the image of the Alpha and Omega, the one who spoke our world into existence. I pray that you remember that every time you look in the mirror and think you may not look the way you think you should. I pray that you remember that every time you get discouraged and think you may not be good enough.
But most importantly, I pray that you remember that every time you look into the eyes of another human being who may not share the same belief as you, or who may not practice the things you believe in. God created us all in his image. He created the Earth, and everything we know and see. And it was good.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10