The Spiritual Eclipse

Ephesians 5:8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light…”

They arrived a few weeks ago, in a neat, plastic cover via Fed Ex. I opened them with enthusiasm, for they were a reminder of the approaching event. This is the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in nearly a century. The last one occurred in June of 1918 and crossed the United States from Washington State to Florida – a path similar to the one we will experience today.

Like many of you, I tested them out. They are designed to view the brightest moments of this solar experience and as I walked outside, my new eclipses glasses pressed firmly to my face, I gazed up. The sun was surrounded by black. The most beautiful light in the universe; most powerful source of energy; the basis of all life on earth – it beamed in the vast openness of the sky, encased in black.

How should we respond to this phenomena? Maybe today is much more than a solar eclipse. Maybe there is much more to realize as we stand in awe of the unexpected beauty and wonder. As I have been experimenting with my glasses, I’ve contemplated the spiritual eclipse which at times lives within each of us. The moment when we block the light of God from our lives with sin, disbelief, and disregard. We walk complacently ignoring the words of the scriptures, believing our special glasses will protect us.

The moment the day becomes dark is very much like a person who is lost, and only until that person is found, life will be void of light. The question for each of us today, as we use our special glasses and gaze at the eclipse, what in our own lives is blocking God’s light? How do we see His brightness? How can it flow in and through us?

Today, spend time with God. Enjoy His wonder. Reflect on our Creator and the uniqueness of your relationship with Him. I challenge you to place your glasses in a place to remind you not to allow anything or anybody to block you from His light.

John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

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