Solar Apocalypse

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.

Psalm 19:1 (NLT)

The apocalypse is coming! Or so perhaps you heard from countless personalities on television and radio when the solar eclipse happened a few years ago. The state of Oregon was expecting about one million extra inhabitants on that day. Why? Well, unless you live completely off the grid and haven’t surfaced for a few months, (How are you reading this, then?) you would have known that on August 21, 2017 there was a total eclipse of the sun. And, right here in Oregon, we had some of the prime real estate that allowed people from all over the west coast to view it.

With the extra population, there were countless news stories about expected gridlock on our freeways, as there will be way too many cars trying to use them. There were stories about how much trash will be left behind by our visitors. There were cries all over social media of Oregonians begging people to protect this beautiful state from the unruly horde that could descend upon us. In other words, we made viewing the eclipse sound like it will be a solar apocalypse!

Here’s the deal. Why do we get so amped up for an event that will last between two and three minutes? Why is this so news-worthy? Because it is amazing, that’s why!

Now, imagine this. We could be this amped up for God’s creation all the time. As our verse today describes, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God.” Last time I checked, the universe (“the heavens”) was so big we can’t even measure it. There are galaxies dancing around one another. New stars are being born at a rate of about one per second. Comets are zig-zagging between planets and through solar systems. God’s creation is awesome! Even better, it helps us understand the glory, majesty, splendor, and beauty of our God. He created something truly spectacular – including an occasional total solar eclipse.

So, today, it’s ok to reminisce in the hype about the eclipse of 2017, (I watched it too) . I pray that it allowed God’s miraculous “heavens” speak to you. But, I challenge you, today, and every day, allow God to reveal the beauty that He created for you and me. Ask yourself, “How does this reveal the glory of God?” It will make each day that much sweeter. 

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