The Eclipse

By Pastor Luke Jones |  September 6, 2017

                Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory in the heavens…           -  Psalm 8:1

As many of you know, my family and I went on a vacation up to Oregon recently to see the full solar eclipse.  The experience was astounding.  After waiting for some time and watching the moon slowly creep in front of the sun (using either protective glasses or a solar telescope), the world and the sky finally begin to change.  If you are in a wide-open space, you suddenly notice that the landscape looking westward is quickly being engulphed in shadow, the way dusk settles every evening but faster and from the wrong horizon.  The thin crescent of the sun that is still unobstructed is shrinking rapidly now, the ends of the curve of light hurrying to meet in the middle.  Suddenly, as though a light switch was thrown, the shadow is upon you and the world is dim.  The black circle you see in the sky is the dark side of the moon and the sun’s rays shine around it, like a piercingly white halo.  If you are in a large group, you are probably overwhelmed by excited shouting.  For me, the surprise was akin to the first time I rode a roller-coaster, but without the element of fear.  If you can tear your eyes away from the amazing spectacle, you see that the landscape to the west of you is now lit up again and you know the shadow is passing quickly.  Two incredibly fast minutes later, the moon has moved far enough for the edge of the sun to appear like a needle of light.  After only a moment of this, the sun is again too bright for the naked eye and the world around you is illuminated again.  The crescent of light spreads around the edge of the moon as the sun is gradually revealed. 

                When I consider your heavens, the work of your finger, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that                 you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?                       -  Psalm 8:3-4

What a wonder our God has made for us!  For such a total eclipse to happen, the size of the moon, the earth’s distance from the sun, the moon’s distance from the earth, the phase of the moon in its cycle, the position of the moon in it’s elliptical orbit, and the position of the earth in it’s elliptical orbit around the sun all have to be just right.  There are so many variables, I’m really not sure whether I understand it or not.  The point is, God didn’t have to make the earth, the moon, and the sun to move in such a pattern as to make a total solar eclipse ever happen.  None of the moons on any of the other planets that orbit the sun cause them.  It is a special event God planned just for us.  Thank you, Lord, for the wonder you have built into the world!

                Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!              -  Psalm 8:9

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