Everyone else has talked about it – why not me? I remember the last solar eclipse in 1979. I was 8 years old and riding down the road with my parents. This must have been a major event because I don’t remember very many things at this age. Actually, I thought I was older until I realized the date. So I guess it is kind of a big deal. There have been several articles written by Christian writers and groups advocating this is a “sign” from God. One in particular says it is a “hint” about the 2nd Coming of Christ. “Judgement is coming!” Just think, NASA has known for years and didn’t tell anyone (pardon my sarcasm). Personally, I hope they are right! I would love the Lord to come as quickly as possible. I miss Jesus. However, I have my doubts on this one. But I do believe it is a type of sign for humanity. Not one of gloom and doom, but one of glory.
Psalm 19:1, The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. (HCSB)
Think about it for a moment. We live in an age of technology and wonder. What impresses our world anymore? Not much. We stopped looking into the heavens since the invention of the smart phone. But on this day, we drop everything and look skyward to the amazement of God’s creation. We don’t even talk about the Super Bowl as much as we have this eclipse.
Maybe it is a sign from our Creator. Today most will stop all the hate filled rants on social media to talk about the eclipse. Today most will stop focusing on monuments and protests and look to the heavenly monument established on the 4th day of creation. Today most will stop trusting in the political powers of our world and look heavenward. The sign is our God is greater than all of these things. The sign is the Messiah came to bring us peace from within, despite all the chaos around us. The sign is there is something much more important than whatever we are doing around 2:30-3:00 pm today. We stop and look heavenward.
By the way, if you look up at the eclipse without glasses you will be given another sign – you’re going blind! That’s right the glory of God needs to be viewed with proper eyewear. 🙂
Let’s move on, actually backwards to Thursday night. It was the first “hangout” night at the church. Even I didn’t know how it was going to work, but Jason King came up with a great format. We simply, you guessed it, hung out together, singing songs and laughing. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. Perfection is not the goal, but having a good time together is. You should have heard us singing “Sweet Caroline.” After mumbling through the verses, we would all bust out for the chorus. We had a couple of well trained guitarist and one in training. Didn’t matter. We are there to have a good time. Next time David Paladin and I are bringing our own instruments – we just have to figure out what we can play. Thanks to David for bringing some snacks to enjoy – chicken and vegetable platter. It was an really enjoyable night. Look for the next one to come around and bring your clarinet or oboe. You don’t have to sing, and if you do, you don’t have to hit all the right notes. Just come out and enjoy the moment.
Saturday was a special day for Jason and Suzanne (and of course Beckham). They were able to make improvements, along with their helpers, to Judy Hobgood’s house. They do the work and money is donated to help offset costs of adopting Beckham. It’s sort of a two for one deal – Judy and the King’s reap benefits. Above is a sampling of the before and after work on the house. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Sunday more good things were happening. Brain Porter led his first prayer in our assembly. Getting up in front for the first time can be intimidating. Some of you are scary (just kidding, sort of). Seriously, it is so good seeing these young people getting involved. Brian also played for the High School football team Friday night, but I think this tops it. Keep it up Brain.
You all need to be commended for learning new songs. There are some beautiful and praiseworthy songs that have been added to our song list. We will take a break from learning more songs for now, but every time we do this you answer the call. A special thanks to David Brooker for teaching us. I have said it many times, but we are fortunate to have someone who can teach new songs. Many congregations do not have this blessing. As far as this Wednesday is concerned, we will be joined by our youth group to sing some of their favorites.
Sunday was also special for me since I was able to teach one of Steve Hoskins class on the Tabernacle. I have enjoyed this study so much and to be apart of it was an honor. We looked into something I have never researched before – the veil of the Tabernacle. WOW! there is so much amazing and redemptive value in understanding something that appears to be nothing more than a prop. Two more weeks left in the class.
THE WRAP UP: We serve a greater King, and we are apart of a greater kingdom than what we see everyday in our world. While we await the day of the Lord, we must also remember the kingdom of God can appear among the nations of the earth. It happens when we live according to the upside-down teachings of the inverted King. It is the least, those who come to God with open hands, who find true greatness. As bad as things get in our world, it is the love of enemies that has the most powerful effect on current events. These are just a couple of the many ways of Jesus. Live for this kingdom and its King.