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The Awe & Beauty of the Eclipse


Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars. The One who leads forth their host by number. He calls them all by name. Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power. Not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

All over the world everyone was alive and the buzz was “The Eclipse.” People dropped everything just to be sure to watch when it happened.

Strangers lined up everywhere sharing their eclipse glasses and whatever snacks they had on them. Chatter was loud until … darkness fell. Everyone stared up at the sky in awe of the heavenly display they got to witness.

Facebook and all other forms of social media was full of photographs of what was experienced. It hit me. We do not have to wait for an eclipse before we stand in awe and admiration of God’s beauty and creation.

Steve and I have just spent a few days in a beautiful area of South Africa. We witnessed the awesomeness of God’s creation; namely, the wild animals and we got to experience God’s beauty at a place called “God’s Window.” Oh, the view, no one could put words to what we experienced. No photograph could capture it as it is. All around us, God displays His Creation for us to be in awe of His Creation and Power.

Daily, we experience God’s gifts to us. We do not have to wait for another eclipse to take place before we can experience them. Let us focus our minds and attention to live in wonder and awe of God every day.

After all, we experience God’s presence, faithfulness and power all the time.

When we enter into our day.

When praying.

When living out God’s plan for our lives.

When a baby is born.

When someone accepts Christ as his or her Savior.

Live as if you witness an eclipse all the time.

One day we will witness the return of Christ. Can you imagine how exciting that will be? But for now, live knowing that God’s presence lives within YOU. How amazing is that!

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11


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