Ooh, Wow! Don’t Look at the Sun!
I think I said, “Ooh, wow!” and “Don’t look at the sun!” in my sleep last night.
If you watched the total solar eclipse, you know what I mean.
Especially if you watched it with small children.
Don’t look at the sun!
For about 2 1/2 overwhelming minutes, the moon utterly eclipsed our sun, a blazing ball of burning gas 400 times bigger than it.
That describes the faith I want. The faith I need all the time. A Total Eclipse of Faith.
The Awe of Eclipse
Viewing any solar eclipse is incredible, partial or total.
The moon blocking 90% of the sun is quite a sight.
But 100%? That’s epic. Magical. Miraculous.
The birds and bees left my flower garden with the light and went to bed. Our street and porch lights came to life. The temperature dropped to an eery, comfortable coolness of evening.
All for 2 1/2 minutes.
Then the moon shifted over a hair.
The sun lit up the sky again. The birds and bees returned along with the blistering heat.
If you notice in the picture above, I’m wearing socks — bright white socks. But not for an awkward fashion statement or to keep my feet warm, but to keep them from burning on the scorching stone walkway.
After the total eclipse of the sun, all was as before — except for us. We stood in awe and wonder. Overwhelmed by the greatness of the experience.
No photos or words do it justice. You have to experience it. And once you do, you’re Googling where the next one will be.
A Total Eclipse of the Heart
The next day I received a letter from a lady who’s struggling to fully surrender to God and hoped I had words to help. I related with her heart, eclipsed by doubts and fears.
As I sat to write her, I suddenly saw the solar eclipse as a great illustration for surrender to God.
Most of the world lives outside the path of totality for a solar eclipse. They see only a partial eclipse and long to experience a Total Eclipse.
Likewise, most Christians live in partial surrender to God, but long for a total eclipse of faith — faith that eclipses all their fears, doubts, and rebellion.
Do You Live in a Full or Partial Eclipse?
I would imagine that many Christians live in at least 50% surrender to God.
We’ve trusted Him for salvation and thank Him for eternal life. But for this present life, our faith is weak. It doesn’t make much difference in our daily lives.
We attend church. Maybe not every week, but more than some. We own a nice leather Bible, and if you’ll give us a minute, we can find it.
We do Christian stuff, but knowing Christ doesn’t seem to have transformed us because we worry just as much as our neighbor who doesn’t see a need for Christ in their life.
Christ is our Savior, but not much more than that.
We hope our faith will deepen and move to greater surrender. Maybe 75% surrender? But we don’t know how to get it to 100%.
Partial faith is exhausting. If we don’t get some answers, we may move back to 50%, and eventually down to negligible faith. Or none.
Oh, for faith to trust You more, Lord
How can we move our faith to where it eclipses all our fears, doubts, and rebellion?
I can’t speak for everyone, but two factors (a one-two punch) have allowed me to experience many amazing moments of a total eclipse of faith.
And the time between eclipses has shortened as I’ve learned to give my fears, doubts, and rebellion the one-two punch: Know and Obey God.
1. Know God
Any fears, doubts, or rebellion we hold are unfounded. God is always able to care for His children, and He does all things well. All things.
Since we can trust God enough to cause our fears, doubts, and rebellion to shrink in the face of who He is, why don’t we?
We’ll never trust anyone more than we know him.
We must come to know God — not just about Him.
Study the Bible, the Word of God. Look on each page to find Jesus and discover God’s character. Don’t study to know how to be a better Christian. Study to know God.
Learn His character. Treasure it in your heart where it will transform your faith in Him.
The more we know God, the more our heart will believe we can trust Him, which leads us to the knock-out punch: Obedience.
2. Obey God
The more we know God, the more we’ll trust Him.
The more we trust Him, the more we’ll obey Him.
The more we obey Him, the more we’ll experience Him.
The more we experience Him, the more we’ll love Him,
The more we love Him, the more we’ll want to know Him more.
God reveals more light after we obey Him with the light He’s already given us.
Once we obey, we learn by experience that God is indeed everything He said He is. And we fall in love and grow in faith.
But it’s a process, like a total solar eclipse.
Bit by Bit, A Total Eclipse of Faith
Then we’ll stand in awe and wonder at our Lord, the One who, by His kind grace, gives us faith. (Romans 12:3, Ephesians 2:8, I Timothy 1:13-14, Romans 10:17)
Pray and ask the Lord to give you a total eclipse of faith. Then obey Him in whatever He shows you to do, trusting Him to do in your heart what needs to be done.
I wish I could say my faith is always at 100%, but each time I enjoy a total eclipse of faith, it inspires me to trust God more the next time.
And unlike in a total solar eclipse, in a Total Eclipse of Faith, I can say, “Ooh, Wow! Look at the Son!”
Have you enjoyed a Total Eclipse of Faith? Share your experience. We’d love to hear it.
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