I live in the path of the 2017 Solar Eclipse that is scheduled to take place tomorrow afternoon. Those of us living in the path of this eclipse have been bombarded with facts about the eclipse, warnings to protect our eyes, protective eye-wear being sold on every street corner, and a host of other interesting facts and tidbits about solar eclipses.
But one of the things that has captured my fascination the most is how “we” are able to determine the exact time of the eclipse; down to the minutes and seconds. We have been informed when it is coming, how long it will last, the width of its shadow, and the exact time when the next eclipse will take place in Tennessee, 236 years from now. Who ever figured all this out? It’s so complex. It involves trigonometry, solar declinations, Besselian elements, angles, radii of the penumbral and umbral cone, and a host of other things of which I have no understanding. Yet, tomorrow afternoon, this event will occur as predicted.
While you can and should be amazed at the knowledge mankind has achieved, don’t overlook this observation as we observe the eclipse tomorrow. As amazing as it is to predict this event, how much more amazing is it to have been the cause of it? How much more incredible is it to have created the heavenly bodies, and sustain their place in the universe so precisely that such predictions are possible?
Tomorrow, if you are fortunate enough to live in the path of the eclipse, don’t let your fascination with nature overshadow your awe and wonderment of God who spoke it into existence! The glory does not belong to nature, but to His nature! Give it some thought.