I’m able to write this post after the solar eclipse because I am way past deadline.  Wow!  Was that amazing or what?!  That was one of the coolest experiences - physically, emotionally and spiritually.  That we could exist in a time and place to see this and be in the path of totality is a blessing that I hope we haven’t taken for granted.  Some folks I talked to prior to the event didn’t seem too excited about it.  Like, what’s the big deal?  It's only 1 minute and 40 seconds of the moon being in front of the sun.  I wish it had lasted longer because it was a surreal moment unlike any I have ever experienced.  Even better was the joy that came from experiencing it with the love of my life, Denise!  We were like kids - laughing, cheering, and just really in awe of the spectacle.  It was so much to take in that you didn’t want it to end so quickly.  But it did and that’s okay.  To have experienced it all is so much better than to have never seen it.

God has blessed us with an amazing planet on which to live.  He put the perfect amount of oxygen here for us to breathe. He put us at the perfect distance from the sun for us to experience warmth and growth without being too warm or too cold.  He put us on the perfect rotation and in the perfect tilt to have everything we have.  If the earth was just a little off either way, there would be chaos and life could not be sustained.  But our God is an amazing creator, sustainer, redeemer, and friend.  He has given us so much to be in awe of and a solar eclipse is just one more reminder of just how big, awesome, and powerful our God is.  “The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created.  He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.”  Psalms 33:6

We have every blessing before us because God has given them to us.  He has not put us in a state of despair and suffering, but a state of joyful life and abundant living.  How we see our world and everything that happens is based on our world view.  That world view is either void of God and His ability to create all we see and can’t see, or we know that everything was created by Him for His glory and for our sustenance and enjoyment.  He entrusted us to care for His creation and that includes one another, not just the planet and nature.  In the wake of all that we have gone through, let’s start allowing Him to guide us instead of the major news networks that seem to want more chaos than order.  Let us, as the ones made in His image, reflect the goodness and the grace that He has given us.  Let us be the peacemakers who stand for the justice and defense of all who are persecuted and down trodden.  Let us stand in awe of the One who created us and everything we see, and glorify Him with the lives we live.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.  They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.  Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.  God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.  It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.  It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.  The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end.  Nothing can hide from its heat.  The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul.  The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.  The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.  Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever.  The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.  They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.  They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.  How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?  Cleanse me from these hidden faults.  Keep your servant from deliberate sins!  Don’t let them control me.  Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”  Psalms 19

In Christ’s Love,

Rob

Romans 12