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A Solar Eclipse

A Solar Eclipse

April 04, 2024

A Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is a celestial phenomenon that only happens every so often. It is when the moon blocks the view of the sun. How can the smallest of heavenly bodies block the largest and most brilliant flaming orb in our solar system? Think about it. The diameter of the sun spans about 109 times that of the earth’s and the moon is approximately the diameter of the United States. That makes the moon about 400 times smaller in diameter than the sun.

In reality a full solar eclipse is simply perspective. Other people from other parts of the world can still see the sun shining depending on where they are located. It’s just that the moon moves directly between your vantage point of the sun. Since the moon is about 400 times closer than the sun and it is about 400 times smaller in diameter the math begins to make sense.

It’s a lot like that in life when something in our personal sphere is obstructing the brilliance and warmth of our life. To others it may be a small matter but to us it feels like darkness. A lost job, a failed relationship, a health concern, the loss of a loved one, a financial hardship, a missed opportunity or failed expectations. How will we ever be the same again?

If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," ~Psalm 139:11

Think about this; what if the moon parked in front of the sun and stayed there? Instead of us all goggling over this rare occurrence we would all be freaking out within days if not hours.

I wouldn’t dare to minimize anyone’s suffering; I too have had my share of heartache and heartbreak over the course of my life. With that being said, I’ve been able to recover, heal, and even grow through a new perspective and with time. Often what seems darkest to us happens to be what changes us the most. Hopefully the change is for good.

Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. ~Psalm 139:12

As I write this blog it is the Saturday between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday “Easter”. Jesus was betrayed, denied by friends, mocked, unfairly tried, beaten, spat upon, and then executed on a cross. It was the darkest day in history, literally, from about noon to 3:00 “darkness fell across the whole land” (Luke 23:44). He was then buried in a tomb, but He didn’t stay there.

My encouragement to you is to allow the eclipse to be a reminder of how darkness is only temporary for light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).