A Reveal of Sorts

America's Eclipse: The Sun, Moon, and Stars

Today, August 21, we road-tripped up to Torrington, Wyoming, to view the total eclipse. Today’s solar eclipse was the first across America in over 100 years. We joined many families in a small park, in a small town, and became a group transfixed with the experience to witness what may be, for many, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What an amazing, awe-inspiring view of the universe! Everything about it pointed to the Creator of the universe in which we live: From the long wait, as the moon slowly made its way across the sun, to the moments as darkness slowly crept across this small town, to the obvious drops in temperature, and especially to the brief moments where the so-called “ring of fire” was fully visible.

The bible has a few references to the sun, moon, and stars.

Genesis 1:14-15

Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so.

Psalm 8:3

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained.

Many Christian leaders indicated that this event could be a sign of Christ’s return, or an indication of a broad warning to the people to repent and change their ways. While there may be truth either of these, I would hope that I don’t consider an eclipse as the only time that I should consider changing or repenting; I need to dwell on changes I should make far more regularly than just during an eclipse.

I like thinking that in this gift of seeing the universe, I consider it a time to be grateful that God, our Creator, has plans grander or more significant than I can envision. I prefer this to be brief glimpse, a reveal of sorts, that He has total control over all the universe.

Sarah Thompson

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