Yes, I procrastinated. In fact, even worse than that, I had no particular interest in finding out the details of the upcoming solar eclipse - sure, I'd been hearing about it for weeks, but I truly didn't pay it much mind - not even when someone asked why on earth I was planning to fly home from Atlanta (I was at a Conference - the Board of Discipleship's "School of Congregational Development) on Sunday instead of staying in the area to see the eclipse on Monday. The truth was that, at the time, I had no idea what a path of totality was, nor why staying in Georgia would be a good thing.
Finally, I decided to educate myself while I was in Atlanta. "Oh! Now I see! THIS is what a 'path of totality' is, and the southern border is just north of Atlanta! And Philadelphia will only get a PARTIAL eclipse. AHA!!"
Of course, as soon as I returned home, I realized there were no more eclipse glasses to be had - they had long since disappeared from the shelves. So I quickly set about learning how to make a cereal box pinhole viewer and how to use your smartphone to watch the eclipse. And either of those methods may have worked okay, except for the cloud cover.
But NASA to the rescue! The live stream of the total eclipse as it made its way from Oregon to Charleston was an amazing thing. Could there be anything as spectacular as watching the daylight suddenly disappear and the golden ring of totality appear? I think all of our hearts skipped a beat as we watched. And do you know why? It was because the wonder of God's creation was happening right before our eyes. It's because we were witnessing visible evidence that "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness." (Genesis 1) It was because we could tangibly see what the psalmist was describing when he said, "The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork." (Psalm 19) And it was because we got the same thrill in our souls as King David when he proclaimed these words so long ago, "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortalsthat you care for them?" (Psalm 8)
What an awesome God we have!