Routine often dulls us to the majestic and beautiful. That which we see and enjoy on a daily basis succumbs to the certainty that it/he/she will always be there. We often take for granted those who are closest to us until it’s too late.
This summer, while at the beach, I played in the sun until I got burned. And then I sat in the shade complaining about the heat and sunburn and wishing I had a little respite from the singe of the sun’s rays.
But the past February, I longed for just a flicker of warmth and the feel of the sun on my face and it’s steady warmth to sooth my pale soul. I was homesick for the very thing in the summer which I wished would wane.
Every day we’ve had on this earth, the sun has risen and set in it’s path. We set our clocks by it’s course and we live out our schedules completely tethered to the sun’s timetable. We just take it for granted.
It is God, who at the beginning of the age of this earth created the sun and set her course:
And 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 lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19
Yet today she will go dark. That which we have grown to rely upon and take for granted will be momentarily snuffed out.
This time, we’re expecting it. We have our certified viewing glasses. NASA has given us the forecast schedule and it’s a big party.
Next time, it will be unexpected. That which we have taken for granted will be darkened as a sign in the heavens:
“The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.” Joel 2:31
“I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;” Revelation 6:12
Today, as we enjoy the total eclipse of the sun, remember to pause and give thanks for it’s light – for it is a gift from God. When she peeks her head back out from behind the moon, pause and give thanks for His grace that gives us a second chance.
And finally – do as the scripture says:
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!
Praise Him for this day, for the Word tells us His day of judgement which will darken the earth will surely come!
So let your LIGHT shine!