Lessons Learnt from a Solar Eclipse

In April 2014, on the 29th I believe,I was the most excited lady on campus. I was so joyful that you would be forgiven for thinking it was my birthday. You see, Scientists had announced that on this day, there would be an annular solar eclipse. My mind could not contain the excitement of seeing God in action. But there was one problem. I was in the wrong location.

My town was not among the places where you could see the eclipse easily. According to the news report, the only people who would enjoy this specter were in the Northern parts of Kenya. I shared my frustrations with my “not-science enthusiasts” friends, but they were too engrossed with wi-fi to identify with me. Also, the day was cloudy with frequent showers. I knew that something was happening in the heavens. But I had no way of seeing the eclipse.

But I wanted to see it. I wanted to see GOD.

Three times I went out of my apartment to gaze at the sky. And in those three times, God hid his face from me. Each time I went back to my room, I would talk to Him. I told GOD, “Part the clouds so that I may see your glory.”

The next time I left my apartment, I saw His glory.

The clouds parted in a way that made it easy for me to gaze at the specter. I saw the black moon as it slowly hid the face of the sun. I wanted to shout, “Holy God! You are Great!

A few minutes after losing myself to the scene, I decided to rush into the building and call my friends. The four of them were in the same room watching a movie. So I went to them and said, “Guys! I’ve seen it! Come see!” But when we got outside, God hid his face again.

This happened twice. Every time I spotted the eclipse, I would rush to call them. But by the time we got outside, the eclipse was hidden behind a thick cloud. They thought I was messing around.

What is the lesson? 

Two men will be in the field:one will be taken and the other one left (Matthew 24:40). 

Ladies and gentlemen, God is to be pursued. The things of God are hidden. And, they are hidden so that those who desire Him will find them. 

Jesus always spoke in parables. One day, the disciples asked him, “Rabbi (teacher), why do you speak in parables? And Jesus answered, the secrets of the Kingdom are revealed to you. But to others, they come in the form of parables (Matthew 13:10).  

Why? Why are they hidden to others? 

They were hidden because most people come to GOD for miracles. Most people only seek God when they need something, but forget God when they are content. Moreso, we seek God to do something for us. But if we don’t get what we want, we fall away from God. 

But this should not be the case. We are called to a relationship with the Creator. This is a relationship where we are willing to make sacrifices for Him, and God is ever with us. This is also a relationship where God’s presence gives us enough contentment. 

One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalms 27:4 NIV

Yes, there are some of us who came to God because we needed something. Yet the Bible encourages us to mature in the faith (Philippians 3:15). This maturity calls us to desire the things of GOD more than the things of the world. 

We live in a world that trains us and encourages us to pursue worldly things. But GOD is calling us to pursue Godly things. 

So the solar eclipse taught me that we live in a world where it’s okay to obsess over other things. We spent hours online looking at the latest vehicles, or the latest outfit. 

But how much time do we spend studying the word? 

And after we study, do we purpose to be rich in God? 

It is because of this culture that Jesus comes like a thief. Maybe when he comes, we will be too busy celebrating the latest gadget in the market. 

GOD has no problem with technology. If He did, He would not have given us the knowledge to innovate and disrupt. But GOD has always had a problem with people exchanging the glory of the creator for objects (Romans 1:23). 

But as I’ve quoted, one will be taken away and the other remains. 

How I pray that you will be caught doing the right things when Christ comes. 

How I hope that you will always live in pursuit of GOD-knowledge and understanding, just like Daniel in the bible. 

The Angel said, “God loves you Daniel. For ever since the beginning, you decided to humble yourself that you may gain understanding,” (Daniel 10:12). 

Let’s humbly let go of the things that we treasure while on Earth. Let’s fix our eyes to heaven for a while. 

Let’s go outside the city, and share in the shame of Christ (Hebrews 13:3). We share in this shame by adopting the Jesus culture. When we minister about him, and talk about him. More so, when we work towards making the world a better place. 

We do our work on Earth as we continually cast our eyes to the heavens. So that whatever God is doing will not catch us unawares. 

Establish your hearts in the LORD, for the coming of the LORD draws near (James 5:8).