As Monday, August 21st approaches we all wonder what our city will be like. I think there is a mixture of excitement and anxiety. But I will not try to push you in either direction. I would like to make a spiritual analogy about the eclipse. First of all, what is an eclipse? Quite simple, really: An eclipse occurs when the moon stands in front of the sun, that is, between the sun and the earth, blocking its light. This might seem especially fascinating and immensely popular since it only happens every 40 years or so. But the bottom line is that the moon is not supposed to do that. In fact, it could be a serious matter if this phenomenon was not temporary.
You know that the sun is essential to our lives. We cannot exist without it. The moon is significant but without the reflection from the sun the moon would virtually be unnoticeable. Let me suggest that we are like the moon and the sun is the Son. During an eclipse the moon is upstaging the sun. We can do that because of pride and sin. But that’s when everything goes dark, right!?
I want to reflect the Son and not block his light. Are with me? Moons are mirrors, in a sense, just as we are meant to bounce the light of God into the dark corners of the world, especially our particular corner. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world!” (John 8:12) But he also said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) I thought a simple illustration of spiritual encouragement might challenge you to reflect the light instead of blocking the light! Thank God for his Son. What spiritual connection might you make about the eclipse? Enjoy!