“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens….When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”—Psalm 8:1,3-4
I picked the totally wrong day to have an eye exam. With my eyes dilated from drops, I drove home in the brilliant sunlight, squinting behind two layers of sunglasses, with what I have fondly termed “walleye-vision”. A walleye is a type of freshwater fish, and I imagine its eyesight is a bit off, and since my eyesight is messed up from the drops, I have distorted vision, probably like the unlucky fish. Of all the days. When we are having an amazing eclipse.
My husband and daughter made pinhole boxes from cereal boxes and tin foil yesterday so they could watch the eclipse. As the time drew near, my daughter ran outside with her box, and as the eclipse began, she would take pictures through her viewing hole on her phone. First a small area was covered, then a chunk, and finally as the light and shadows in the yard dimmed more and more (even I could tell this happened), until just a thumbnail of light remained. We were so excited!
As I reflect on this amazing event, I think about the text above. God is majestic and creates majestic things. I think of the people the world over who spent time to travel and watch the eclipse, who took time out of their busy lives to chase a cosmic event that many will never see again. Who, besides an amazing God, could create such an event?Humans with all their technology could not control this event, yet it happened because someone ordained it. It makes us seem so small and insignificant. Because all we can do is watch. But when we know God, we watch Big Things. We can see the power of the universe, the planets, nature, the stars. Creation was created, we reap the benefits of enjoying it and remaining awestruck by it. And best of all, the same God that created our universe cares for us and our lives.
If you haven’t seen the eclipse, I hope you can see pictures or watch its path on TV. And with that, I hope you too, like me, can praise God for His magnificent creation and His care for us. Because we are privileged to watch a mighty God create mighty acts. Today was a gift. Enjoy it!
Prayer–“God of the universe, your work is truly amazing. Thank you for creation and the many ways we get to watch your hand in our world. Open my eyes and heart to always praise you for what I see. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”