A few days ago, across the United states, people from all walks of life looked up into the sky, wearing special glasses to view an amazing sight… a total eclipse. Many beautiful images of this magnificent splendor, like the one above, flooded social media (please advise the source if known so proper credit is given).
Amidst all the hoopla, pomp and circumstance, there are lessons to be learned. In all it’s beauty, let’s stop to consider the definition of an eclipse. It is an obstruction of the sun by the moon. There are times when life itself seems dark and obstructed. Just like the recent total eclipse only lasted for a short time, so do difficult circumstances. And just as it cannot be viewed by the human eye without causing permanent damage, such is it with focusing on the negative. When we do that , we fail to see the light of the sun which never stops shining. Focusing on our circumstances paralyzes us, and if not checked, causes damage to our souls (mind, will, emotions).
What makes the eclipse so beautiful is the reflected light caused by magnificent sun. Although darkness was all around, the focus was skyward. If we can lift up our eyes, away from the temporary darkness of the day, to He who holds us in the palm of His hand, the light we see will peace and joy…
Take a look at the image above again…do you see it yet? It’s all a matter of perspective.