With the solar eclipse happening this coming Monday, I came across an interesting statistic.
Let me start by saying that it has seemed weird to me that the little tiny moon – relatively speaking – can completely (and nearly exactly!) obscure the sun.
The reason that the moon can cover the sun is because even though the sun is roughly 400 times bigger than the moon – in diameter – the moon is roughly 400 times closer to us than the sun. That’s why the eclipse can happen in such a spectacular fashion. It’s because those two numbers just happen to coincide so perfectly.
If the size or distance varied much from what they are, then the beautiful ring of fire wouldn’t appear around the moon during the eclipse.
But, of course, many people today would say that was just an odd and coincidental quirk of nature. It was all an accident.
I began reading the book of Genesis this morning. The creation story is amazing. And, by the way, it wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t randomness. It was planned and calculated by the Creator Who loves us more than we will ever fully realize.
“The Heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
We happen to live in what is being called “the path of totality” – the very best spot for seeing the eclipse. I’m looking forward to having a great view of God’s handiwork.