According to a recent survey of 1100 people, 59% of adults believe there is intelligent life in outer space. Of course those same people believe there has always been intelligent life in Washington, D.C. Except for a high school friend of mine who was from another planet, I am not that familiar with outer space. However, there was one girl in college who liked snuff, so we nicknamed her "The Big Dipper." Having raised two children from Mars I do know that Mars is named after the Roman god of candy bars and will be fading in brightness over the next few years. But then so will many of you. Deimos, one of the moons of Mars, rises and sets twice a day, just like my Chihuahuas. Other than that, my knowledge of things spacey is limited to Roller Derby Cheerleaders.

Like questionable dishes at a potluck dinner, space has some unexplained phenomena. For example, it takes six hours for light to travel to earth, longer depending on the traffic around the I-65 and I-24 interchange. Modern science museums have areas, similar to the old Star Trek television series, where you can simulate beaming in and out from one planet to another . . . very similar to teachers beaming in and out of faculty meetings.

Another strange event is watching a meteor shower. They are extremely shy so please don't look them in the eye when you hand them their towel. A passing comet, like a herd of teenagers invading a pizza place, leaves debris everywhere. The falling debris creates a showering effect, hence the term "meteor shower." This is not to be confused with the absolute carnage from a bridal shower. Very bright meteors are called fireballs and are placed in advanced classes at meteor school. They are smart but like childen at camp, they still have to be told to shower. The most fascinating phenomenon and at the same time most irritating is the large Alabama fan standing in front of you, blocking your view of the field during the UT/Alabama football game. This, of course, is called a looney eclipse.

Alabama fans notwithstanding, God has created an awesome universe. Certain areas of the United States are about to witness another one of His special designs, a solar eclipse. This is when the moon comes between the earth and the sun, blocking the sunlight from reaching the earth and thus creating darkness in the daytime. In Middle Tennessee we are on what scientists refer to as the Path of Totality, meaning we will be able to see the complete blocking out of the sun. Others around the country who are not on the direct path will only be able to view a partial eclipse.

God's original design was for His created people to have a relationship with Him. Adam and Eve blew that opportunity because of a serpent. God gave us a second chance by sending His Son, Jesus. Even today people can be guilty of letting something or someone come between them and a relationship with Jesus. It could be a job, money, a relationship, a false god, or even a powerful ego. That something could also be hate, like the hate expressed in Charlottesville, Virginia recently, or hate expressed toward any group of people. Hate and light never do well together.

Jesus said in John 8:12 "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." People who are letting anything block the light of Jesus from shining in their lives are living in darkness, causing them to experience their own personal eclipse. It may be partial or it may be total. The only problem is that the darkness won't last for just a couple of minutes.  It will be for eternity . . . and the worst thing that could happen to one's heart is a total eclipse of the Son.


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