Did you see it? For just a precious few minutes it was completely dark.
Yes, completely dark for a brief moment in time. On August 21,2017 the United States experienced a rare celestial spectacle, a total solar eclipse. And for just a few moments the world was in darkness.
From Oregon to South Carolina, throughout a narrow band of land, the US witnessed something that has not been seen since 1918 and will not be seen again until 2024.
People from all over the world were drawn to this amazing phenomenon. I don’t use that description lightly. It truly is amazing that our God can cause the moon to move across the sun in such a way that it blots out the light of the sun for two to three minutes. Only God is capable that.
It was reported that this was one of history’s most widely documented events.
Amidst all the hype, my mind wandered a different direction. I found myself asking a series of questions.
Was this what it was like the moment life left the body of Christ? The account of the crucifixion in Luke talks about darkness coming over the land. Surely that, too, has become one of history’s most discussed events. Even now over 2000 years later, it is discussed.
Then my mind moved on to the concept of darkness. Darkness on that day overshadowed the world and sent Christ followers scurrying off in fear. Is it any different today?
Certainly, our world has become a dark place in many ways. My attention was drawn to the words of Ezekiel in Chapter 32, verse 8.
What is our responsibility as Christian communicators in a world filled with darkness? Are we not to be like shining lights on earth?
Jesus was and remains today the light of the world. But what of the people that are stuck in a total eclipse. One that lasts much longer than two to three minutes like the one we experienced today. One that for some lasts an entire lifetime.
There are many forms of darkness. There is the darkness of a life without Christ. There is the darkness of depression and the darkness of hopelessness. There is the darkness that comes from making poor choices.
If we are called to be lights in the world, we are to share the message of Jesus Christ with the world a message of hope, a message of salvation. Are we ready, willing and able?
Perhaps you had the opportunity to step outside and witness the eclipse. Or maybe you were one of the millions who watched it on television or your computer. Maybe like me you were amazed at what our God made happen in that moment in time.
My hope is that the realization of what God did and can do reminded us all that we need to share this amazing God with the world. He has given you the message. If you have been to CLASS you have received the training. Now it’s time to help others to take a moment of darkness and turn it into a lifetime of light.