Total Eclipse (of the ❤)

Lindsay Knapp

A few months ago, my family and I decided to take a “last hurrah” trip out west. We knew summer was slinking away but we were still in denial. So, before we embarked on a new schedule, with new shoes and newly sharpened pencils, we found ourselves - (windows down) headed west on I-80 to a little town called Ogallala, Nebraska. 

What has been an annual trip to visit family morphed into a full celestial adventure this year. We shlepped along a tent, a round of sleeping bags, minimal camping gear and some good travel tunes with the intent to camp out at “Lake Mac”- one of the largest water reservoirs in the mid-west.

What we didn’t really know (until days before our trip) was that we would be heading into the pathway of the total eclipse of 2017. Nebraska would be a swarming nest for onlookers wanting to get the best full-access view of this rare astronomical occurrence. And we, by happenstance, would be landing in one of the best viewing places in the country.

Our extended family plotted out a spot on the beautiful beach of “Big Mac” with solar eclipse glasses tucked in with sandwiches. The beach was unusually sparse. And we claimed our little spot on the earth to “be” when the moon crossed paths with the sun in total alignment.

Even for one who is slightly low on the “astronomical-science-geeky” totempole, this event felt like a phenomenon; something “spiritual” astrophysicists have said in news reports following the event. I’m sure this event meant many things to many people, but I was struck by 2 things:

1. Glory of Creation

It felt like the sun had blinked slowly, and as the moon gave way for the sun to begin to shine again in full glory (but slowly, like an awakening), I imagined what the earth looked/felt like at Creation. Dark and void, cold clay being formed when slowly the sun, increasing in power, gives brilliance to reflection on the water, color in botany, warmth in the air, and things happening in the cosmos having direct effect on us.

The truth is there is a reality in the metaphor. Everything on earth is a reflection of a heavenly truth, a glimpse into the character of God.

Romans 1:20 says for ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

2. God's Free Tools

In our decision to slow down at the end of a season before bull-rushing into the next, we are side-swiped by such an extravagant cosmic show displaying the perfect order, calculations, specifications of an all-wise beautifully creative God. But our efforts would have been in vain, if we had not been provided the right eye-wear. Infact, these things can be down-right dangerous without the right equipment. Because even as we are able to identify the beauty of God in the physical world around us, we are a spiritual people and we need special eye-gear to see spiritual truths.

I am found in awe again at the idea that no eye has seen, no ear has heart, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him; but God has revealed it to us by the Spirit; the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

Beloved, do you know that we have been given the BEST set of eye-wear there is?! The gift of the Holy Spirit. It is only by the Spirit of God that wonderful truths are revealed to us about who we are, our value and identity, and our future. We get a peek into the cosmos! We get to see things that are blinding to the average eye. 

If you feel lost and uninspired in your walk with God, I want to encourage you. If you are lacking clarity, joy or heart on this road, reach to the Spirit of God and ask him to reveal to you something of the deep things of God, something of what He has prepared for those who love Him. The Bible promises us that if we are slow and intentional and choose to see through the lenses of the Holy Spirit, we will be amazed. Nothing short of a total eclipse of the heart.