The Eclipse

     We have experienced the “Great American Eclipse of 2017.” It was a very cool thing to see, but the main sentiments I heard expressed Monday afternoon and evening were along these lines: “Well, I expected more than that” or “I thought it would get darker than it did.” Now, we were not in the 100% coverage area, so perhaps I should have expected that. There is usually a difference between hype and reality.

     The one thing that I thought about most was the evidence that the eclipse provided that the physical universe is obviously a designed entity. The proof is in the predictability of the event. We could watch on our phones an animation that showed the coverage of the eclipse over Athens. That would not be possible if physical reality was not composed of interlocking perfectly designed systems. And where there is design there must be a designer. God is the Designer of all that exists (Genesis 1 and 2).

     A close second reflection for me had to do with the power of the sun. In our town the astronomers said we would see 96.6% coverage of the sun by the moon. To an old film photographer’s eye the light that resulted at the peak moment was incredibly beautiful. But it certainly was not dark: just that little bit of sun really lit things up! The text says “Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night” (Genesis 1:16).

     Human beings have been fascinated by these two lights for all of recorded history. We are blessed with a better understanding than that had by some of the ancients of the ways by which life on this planet is made possible by those “two lights.” Our understanding of the physical reality has grown though it is still incomplete. We know a great deal but we do not know everything.

I fear that too many folks miss the firm and clear implications of the eclipse and other magnificent elements we see in nature. Paul had a definitive word about the evidence of God in nature in Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (NKJV).

     Yes, the eclipse was a great thing to see. That the it is part of the proof of God is greater yet.