The 2017 solar eclipse was labeled “The Great American Eclipse”. Its sight of visibility passed from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. People all over Tennessee gathered outside to make sure they did not miss this once in a lifetime event. Children were off from school, factories shut down their plants, and parks were filled with lawn chairs waiting for 2 minutes and 40 seconds of pleasure. It was mid-day, but as the moon slowly but surely made its way between the Sun and the Earth, a large shadow began to cast on the audience. Eventually, we were all gathered in darkness and stood still hoping to catch what felt like just a glimpse of moon’s total shadow.
It seems as if the world is always anxious to see darkness. No matter where you are or where you go, darkness is not hard to find. Ironically, during the solar eclipse, even when it felt like the whole earth was full of darkness, I could not help but to see the Sun displaying a ring of light. This was no ordinary light though. Everyone who viewed the eclipse were required to wear specialized glasses designed to shield the eye from ultraviolet and infrared lights. Looking directly into this light without them would cause serious damage, including blindness.
Like it or not, we can all relate to darkness simply because we were once there. However, 1 Peter 2:9 reminds us that God called us out of that darkness and into His wonderful light. We are no ordinary light, either. We are the light of the world! Not even with the largest shadow on the earth can we be hidden if we choose to shine. The Apostle Paul was lost in darkness on the road to Damascus when he first saw the Light. The Bible records that as he was prayed for, then scales fell from his eyes. People all over the world are in need of a shining light to give them direction. May we all choose to shine our lights bright and pray for the scales to fall of the eyes of those trapped in darkness.
What kind of impact can we have on others if we choose to let our light shine bright?
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