What the solar eclipse means for your life
Written by Miles McPherson
On Monday, August 21st, millions of Americans across the U.S. had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness one of the wildest phenomena in all of creation: a total solar eclipse.
The path of totality ran from across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. If you weren’t in the eclipse’s path of totality and you didn’t travel to see it, don’t worry—one will visit you once every 380 years or so—just make sure you have some eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers!
In all of space, total solar eclipses are a crazy anomaly. The moon’s radius is 1,737 km, and the Sun’s is 695,700. That means that the moon is approximately 400 times smaller than the Sun but, somehow, it’s able to blot out the Sun’s light, only revealing it’s beautiful corona.
That’s because the Earth is 384,402 km away from the moon, and the moon is 147 million km from the Sun—so roughly 400 times farther away. That Earth-to-moon-to-Sun ratio—the fact that the moon is 400 times smaller than the Sun, but also 400 times closer to the Earth—is what makes it possible for us to see a total eclipse the Sun.
Scientists believe that the Earth may be the only place in the Solar System where a total solar eclipse is possible.
I know some readers may believe that our Solar System, the Earth, and life are all the product of a cosmic event know as the Big Bang—a fortunate accident that set off a chain reaction, ultimately resulting highly-complex, intelligent life. I have two questions about the theory:
Who banged it?
If you packed a bag with a stick of dynamite and a match, and set it in a dark corner, how long would it take for an explosion to happen? Everywhere in nature, there has to be a starter—a first force to initiate any process. So, who banged it? Who lit the proverbial match?
Where did the stuff that got banged come from?
Gases, rocks, pressure, and heat—the ingredients of the Big Bang—don’t occur in a vacuum. Somebody had to make them, and put them there. Even the Big Bang theory requires a coordinator.
Signs in the sky
- Genesis 9:13-16 says that God created the rainbow and put it in the sky to remind us of His promise “that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
- Genesis 1:16 says that God created the Sun to “rule the day,” and the moon to “rule the night.”
- Isaiah 40:26 says that God created the stars to display the “greatness of His might” and “the strength of His power.”
- Joel 2:31 says that, before the coming of the day of the Lord, “the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood…”
I believe God writes messages to us in the sky.
He put His power and might on display with this solar eclipse, and it was awesome. Millions were able to appreciate His authority to create and coordinate all of His creation.
So what message from God was the eclipse supposed to deliver? What does it mean for you and me?
It means that He is coordinated and detailed in all of His creation. He made the birds, and He feeds them, and He made the lilies of the field which, even though they don’t work a day in their lives, are full of beauty [Matt. 6:25-30].
The eclipse’s message for you is that God made the Sun, the moon, the stars, and the Earth, and set them into perfect, calculated motion in space. And not only did He make and coordinate them, but He also takes care of them. If He takes care of the Sun, the moon, the stars, the Earth, the birds and the lilies, He can take care of you! So stop trippin’—He’s got your back!