On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse occurred in the United States. Like millions of other Americans, my wife and I drove to where we could experience the totality of this spectacular event. We went to Cadiz, Kentucky, which is near Hopkinsville. It was a marvelous adventure, well worth the time and effort.

Here are some observations about our trip.

First, we noticed that one church took advantage of this opportunity to open up their property to those who had travelled a long distance to view the eclipse. They invited people to tailgate in their parking lot and grassy property near the church building. Many carloads of people took them up on their invitation. This was in stark contrast to another church just a few miles down the road, which had roped off its parking lot, denying entry to any outsiders. One congregation was welcoming; the other…not so much! The Bible says, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” (Col. 4:5). Would your church have recognized this great opportunity to influence people, or not?

Second, the eclipse was a reminder of the greatness of the Almighty God. We should never cease to be amazed by God’s wondrous creation. The Psalm writer declares, “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the Earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.” (Ps. 8:1). Many people broke out in applause when the eclipse reached totality. I hope they were aware that this was a worshipful response to an all-powerful God!

Third, the darkness that occurred when the sun was completely blocked by the moon was quite remarkable. Crickets started chirping. Night lights automatically came on. When the sun is blocked out, darkness ensues. In the same way, if people try to eliminate Jesus, the light of the world, from their lives, darkness will fill their lives. Our society is paying the price for trying to keep God out of the public discussion. The less we will stand for God, the more it will come to pass that sin will bring its terrible decay to our culture. I hope that you are not trying to block out the Son!

Finally, we are reminded that the primary purpose of the moon is to reflect the light of the sun, not to block it. This is a reminder that we Christians are to reflect the light of Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “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.” (Matt. 5:14-16).

For more inspirational writings by Tom Cox, go to www.jesustrek.wordpress.com.