April 8

Written by Bill Grandi on April 8th, 2024

Today is a significant day in history. It is Eclipse Day. It is the day I have dubbed “the day Spencer stood still.” Spencer, the town I live in in Central Indiana, is supposed to be right in the path of the Eclipse. Businesses have closed for the day. Schools have gone to e-learning because the Total Eclipse is about the time school would be dismissed. Hotels are full. Some places are renting out “places to view” for (x amount of dollars). Some churches have even brought it port-a-pots and allowed camping…all for a price of course.

Me? I am, admittedly, indifferent. I told my wife I planned to ride my bike and she said, “You can’t. You’ll go blind.” No, no I won’t. I can’t watch the road and the sky at the same time. Then she realized I was joking. One, it is supposed to be pitch black and I don’t ride at night. Two, I don’t want to be out on the road right now with a bunch of crazies more intent on seeing the eclipse than watching for a cyclist. That is not a good combination in my book. In fact, for me I would call that a lose-lose situation. But I also wasn’t lying to her. I do plan on riding by bike…inside. She asked me to be home before the phenomena starts so I told her I would and that I planned to ride. 🙂

It’s not that I am not aware of the impressive display of God’s design. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies show His craftsmanship.”  Psalm 90:1-2 says, “Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.”  Take a moment and read Psalm 104. I read it this morning for my morning Encounter Time. I marvel at God’s creative genius and His imagination. For a renewed perspective read Genesis 1 slowly.

I am aware of the significance of today’s event.  Tami read a meme to me last night that said something along the line of: “NASA has reportedly said that a rain date has been set for 2099 just in case the Eclipse is hard to see today.” I laughed. Actually, I prefer instead to worship the Creator of it all, and while I ride I will be listening to some music that draws my attention to Him.

{Note: All Scripture is from the New Living Translation}


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. God has showed us His magnificence in His creation all around us every day. But let us never find ourselves in a position where we’re worshiping the creation instead of the Creator. Too many people make that mistake living day to day. Let us pray!
    Blessings, Bill!

  2. Ryan S says:

    I had actually forgotten about the event until I read your post. I am enjoying another of God’s magnificent creations today in the mountains of Montana. I think we are only supposed to have 40 % coverage. Had I been home, I would have watched the eclipse with appropriate eyewear. But, never put the creation in front of the creator. I am reminded that just because you cannot see God, He is still there. Perhaps darkness can try to cover His light, make no mistake, His light continues to shine and will be seen in its completeness when He chooses.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I had forgotten you and Amanda were heading out west. Hope you have a fantastic time together! Again, never put the creation ahead of the Creator.

  3. I read this to Dick and we shared a good laugh! Love how you bring it around to the marvel of Gods handiwork! Thanks, Bill! ✋🏻

  4. gail says:

    One of the reasons I enjoy hiking so much is to see God’s awesome work in full display. I always pray whenever I hike, and I let God know how much I enjoy His landscapes. I never forget to give God all the glory and just admire the work but to keep the Creator first. I am going to watch eclipse, because it could never happen without God making it happen. Since God is always in charge, I enjoy watching something that science cannot completely explain why it happens.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      No question that God’s creativity is on full display in creation Gail. Just keep your eyes covered well

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