Today was a day of excitement. People traveled hundreds of miles, thousands of pairs of special glasses were bought and nature left us breathless. The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 will take over Facebook for days and be talked about for longer. For some, it was a once in a lifetime experience and even for those that will witness it again (April 8, 2024), it held an energy that was not present yesterday and won’t carry over to tomorrow. It was spectacular and beautiful.
It was God.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
As I sat on my deck watching the shadows take over the backyard and feeling the temperature drop, I was fascinated with the changes. I was in awe of nature.
I was in awe of God.
The thing is, I shouldn’t have been. God’s beauty surrounds me and His handiwork is apparent at my every turn. Why does it take a solar eclipse to open my eyes? Should I not be fascinated with the flowers sparkling with dew or the birds singing in song? I should be. God orchestrates all of it.
In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Repeatedly in this verse we are reminded that every part of this world is God’s handiwork. The depths of the earth are in his hands. The mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his. His hands formed the dry land.
Each and every time we step outside, we should be in awe of God. Satan convinces us that the budding flower is ordinary. Satan clouds our eyes of the beauty in the sea. Just as many looked through eclipse glasses today, we should look through “God Glasses” every day. God glasses that block out the darkness of Satan’s lies and present us the magnificent beauty in God’s creation.
Today as I watched the shadows dance on my deck, I made the promise to spend more time in awe of God. I made the promise to see God’s hands in every part of nature and to appreciate it even more.
I made the promise to stop allowing Satan’s lies to eclipse God’s glory.