On August 21, people from all over the world came to our hometown of Nashville to watch the solar eclipse. We had special viewing glasses and if you didn’t have the glasses, you couldn’t see it. To say the least, it was an incredible and unforgettable experience!
On every television channel, the exact time was predicted, so we were all waiting for the moments of “totality” when the sun would be hidden behind the moon. It was a beautiful experience and it happened exactly as those who study the heavens and the stars said it would.
My experience of the total eclipse
My granddaughter, Sydney, came over to our house, fixed lunch and we went in and out of the air conditioned kitchen, waiting and watching. Then it happened, just as predicted. We experienced it! The experts were right about what was to occur in the heavens above. It was a historical moment and a delightful encounter with each other, with the big star, and the little moon.
The other experts
There was another expert who spoke about the stars. His name was David. And, it is interesting that the weathermen did not mention this expert.
And furthermore, there was another expert who spoke about what is happening on this planet. His name was Jesus. His closest friends were frightened because he said he was going to be killed. They were ready to fight for him, but he took away their weapons. They felt helpless and desperate — like you and I feel when the storm comes, when the lightning hits, when the rain falls, and when people are scared to death.
This brilliant teacher, astrologist, and philosopher spoke words of comfort and hope to his closest friends as they were facing his death and such an incredible loss. He offered his friends another pair of glasses that addressed their greatest fears about his approaching death and the incredible shame, guilt and sense of worthlessness they were feeling.
As the moment was approaching that would change the course of all history, and as darkness was about to happen and a real eclipse of life was nearing — He said these words just a few hours before he was murdered, John 14:1-3:
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (ESV)
In the course of my life, I have studied this man more than any other teacher on the planet. I put on the glasses of faith 56 years ago. Everything he said about life has come true. If I don’t put the glasses of faith on each morning, all I see is the darkness of my own soul and the darkness of the desperation all throughout the world.
Every person faces two universal issues. There are no exceptions. One issue is death. The other issue is human value.
This expert I have come to know, who lived in human history, who defeated death and established the worth of each person said, “You are forgiven.” He is the only expert in the course of human history who has arisen from death and now lives.
The good news
So, the good news is that you can put on your faith glasses and have the opportunity to witness and experience beauty beyond description. If you don’t have the glasses, then you can’t see it any more than we could see the eclipse on August 21, 2017.
Jesus has educated us about human beings. And, he is right about the stars and heavens as well. He is also right about where real love is and how to live a life free of fear and to practice the freedom of the soul.
During 9/11, everyone sought the glasses of faith to see. And, when the storms of life come, we all go looking for those glasses. However, as often is the case, when the storm is over, people return to living a life without those glasses.
I would say to you: Don’t wait until the day of the eclipse to educate yourself and to discover the joy of his Presence. He will give you glasses to experience life on a whole different level. He called it “abundant life.”
Someone gave me the glasses to watch the eclipse. Someone wants to give you the classes of faith to experience life in all its totality. You just have to ask.
You must seek what is true and real. You must do the work to put the glasses on, or you won’t even know what you are missing.
This is the Master Truth: You are loved. And, life is meant to be experienced in joy and totality.
All the best,
Image Credit: Kevin Scott Banks Photography