All attention this morning is on the solar eclipse that will be happening later today. I wonder what it would be like to experience the eclipse without faith, without science and/or without a sense of humor.
Without faith, an eclipse would be an especially humbling experience. For all of the progress that we, as human beings, have made, we still are incapable of upstaging, much less managing, an event like a solar eclipse.
Faith in a sovereign God points to a power beyond our ourselves that attends to matters that we have no business managing in the first place. God set the universe in motion and sustains it rather well. I trust this God and the scientists through whom God works in the world even now.
Back before science started helping us to more clearly understand the universe that God created, an eclipse probably set religious people off on tangents. For example, there was a point in history in which religious people confused solar eclipses with the apocalypse.
Personally, I am glad that the darkness that will be upon us later today has a name and that God uses science to assuage our fears.
By this time tomorrow, people will probably be wondering what the fuss was about. Perhaps they already are.
Between now and then, I am grateful that we have a subject of conversation that brings us together despite our differences and that we are able to laugh at ourselves as we run to stores to buy special glasses and jockey for position to catch a glimpse of history being made.
As the world watches, I pray that all of us will appreciate the extent to which this eclipse is about marveling at God’s creation and giving thanks that God is with us in the darkness and that all darkness eventually passes.