If you haven’t heard about the solar eclipse that is coming our way on August 21st, you’re likely living under a rock (in which case you wouldn’t see the eclipse anyways). Nashville, specifically, is the largest city to experience the solar eclipse in the path of totality- and in true Nashville fashion, everyone is going all out to experience this 147 seconds of darkness in the middle of the day.
There are shirts, VIP viewing parties, schools letting out, solar eclipse glasses at every store around town, and thousands upon thousands of people traveling here to be a part.
And I absolutely love it. I love when the city comes together to experience something…even if it is only for a couple of minutes.
I’ve been reading a lot about what this experience could be like and stumbled upon a TED Talk by a science writer named David Baron. He has experienced many solar eclipses around the world and describes the event as nothing short of awe-inspiring and full of wonder. Seeing a solar eclipse actually changed his life and inspired him to chase solar eclipses all around the world.
Now, we won’t all have a life-changing experience on Monday. I hope we all walk away with an incredible once in a lifetime experience. But will it change the course of all our lives like it did for this scientist? Likely not.
But something that he said about his experience does prove true to me. He said, “Duration of experience does not equal impact.”
Isn’t that true?
One conversation with a waiter at lunch today. One weekend with your mom. One smile at someone you pass on the street. Or in David’s case, one glance at the sky.
It reminds me of something that Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said, “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God. But only he who sees, takes off his shoes;”
I believe your day today will be full of “burning bush moments”. These are moments where God wants to show Himself to you or maybe speak into your life.
It could be something spectacular like a literal burning bush, or God causing the moon to cross over the path of the sun. But it could also be…
- A verse you read
- A sunset you watch
- A friend who surprises you with lunch
- The laughter of a child
Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. And it’s real easy in our fast-paced, frenzied world to miss these moments. So today remember that “earth is crammed with heaven”.
Just slow down, open your eyes, and whatever you do, don’t forget to take off your shoes.
Now go enjoy the eclipse of a lifetime.