Photo Credit: Chap Percival
A hundred things miraculously aligned on August 21, 2017, to allow my family to be in South Carolina to see the wonder of the Solar Eclipse! As one of my daughter’s said, “Totality or bust!” We definitely saw the totality! No need to bust! Even the prevalent clouds parted above the beach for this amazing vision of God-created natural beauty. All eyes were (mostly) protected and were pointed toward the sky in unison! What a picture!
I had the distinct pleasure of holding my 8-month old granddaughter as she had fallen asleep in my arms on the beach! Honestly, in comparison to the eclipse, that was a much more treasured moment for me! (I still got several peeks at the momentous and spectacular eclipse!) Nevertheless, I have been thinking a lot about the frenzy of excitement and preparation across the USA to see this marvel of orbital extraordinariness, especially in prime locations like Isle of Palms.
I must give my husband all the credit for generating excitement and awe about front row seating for this phenomena! It was something he did out of his own passion for the beauty of creation – renting an outstanding beach house, early morning staking out of a prime spot for viewing on the beach, inviting all the kids and grandkids to come and stay, making sure we all knew the precautions and were provided with protective glasses, and keeping us updated on almost all that could be known about this unforgettable event-to-be. Talk about totality – he is a totality himself! This man is definitely “all or nothing!” He was all in! We were all happy benefactors, very appreciative and totally caught up in the unique unison on the beach!!
I couldn’t help but pray that this same strong ethos and anticipation will surround the return of our Lord Jesus Christ! When all eyes will look up and see our great Savior!
2 Chronicles 20:6-9,12 records King Jehoshaphat’s prayer: “O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not the God Who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You. O our God, did You not drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham Your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for Your name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name and will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear us and save us…’ O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You. ”
Our eyes are upon You!