Like A Nibble from a Cookie – an Eclipse

 

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Like a nibble from a cookie, the first sighting I had of the eclipse made me want to ask, “Who did it?”

Who took a bite of the cookie?!

While my kids think I was the worst at figuring out guilty parties, I did a better job than they realize. It’s true that I never could tell if the second-born was telling the truth, but I still knew. All I had to do was watch first-born, who was as honest as his Grandpa Slabach. By watching first-born’s face, I could tell if second-born was lying or telling the truth. Even if first-born wasn’t there when a mishap occurred, he knew whether or not his brother was lying or telling the truth, and his face told all.

I figured that out early, and I was smart enough not to let them know that I knew.

I was also good at finding tell-tale signs, letting me know when something happened and who all was involved. There was the time we found a pacifier in the middle of boxes of seed in the corner of the office. My husband was positive it was our oldest (who adamantly denied it, so I believed him), but the pacifier confirmed that second child who could barely walk had been in that corner, digging into the seed.

While I couldn’t always tell if a child was being truthful when he said he’d brushed his teeth, I still knew. I learned to put toothpaste on the toothbrush. If the toothbrush still had the paste on its bristles, it had not been used. Sometimes when I didn’t get to the bathroom in time, I just checked to see if the brush was wet. I was smart enough not to tell my kids that, or they would have been running water over the brush just to make it wet, thereby appearing that it had been used.

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Sometimes a mother’s instinct lets her know who done it. We can often predict the responses of our kids or others we know well. Yet, none of us can predict like scientists, who are able to explain and predict things that we never could understand on our own.

However, before scientists understood what they know now, a total solar eclipse in 840 upset an Emperor so much that he died a few days later. For three years, his sons fought over who was going to rule Europe. Finally, the land was divided into France, Italy, and Germany.  Each son had a land to rule.

If only they had understood the eclipse before it actually occurred! When we know and understand, there is no reason for fear.

This past Monday, along with millions of others, we watched the partial eclipse in our area. For a few moments, daylight changed to dusk.

Hummingbirds that had been feasting at my feeder minutes before disappeared to their nests and birds became silent. Crickets started their evening song while quail chirped their “Bob White!” call around two o’clock in the afternoon! For those moments, I began to feel tired and sleepy, for it seemed to be nearing the end of the day. There was no sunset, but a soon-coming-darkness-feeling occurred.

We watched the moon cover more of the sun, and soon an entire half of a cookie seemed to have been devoured.

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A cloud cover caused more darkness with no cookie sighting. Thirty minutes later, there was just one bite of cookie left. We got to watch that, for the clouds had moved on. One little bite, and that’s all there was.

Who did it?  Who “ate the cookie”?

This time, I didn’t have to wonder, I didn’t have to ask any of my kids. I knew. We all knew.

Every one of us knew that this was happening. There was no need to begin sleuthing. No reason to fight over territory. No reason to ask any questions.

Who orchestrated this? Who was behind the “eating of the cookie”? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know the answer to this question. Only God.

Our almighty, awesome God. That is Who.

Even though scientists predicted this and knew the path of totality, it was not done by their orchestration. Even though we knew the approximate time for the eclipse to occur in our area, no man set those times.

Whose idea was it? Not man’s.

Who chose the path of the eclipse? Not man.

Who designed the solar system and planned its orbits? Not man.

Who “ate the cookie”? Not man.

No one else could design or plan or orchestrate such a phenomenon.

We have an instinct. If we are honest, we know. We know there is a Higher Power.

Who orchestrates the eclipse?

Only God. That is Who.

 

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The Best Part About the Eclipse

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The Eclipse Does Not Make Your Eyeballs Fall Out

“You can’t watch the solar eclipse,” the seven-year-old told me. “It can make you blind.”

“It can be safe if you do it right, and dangerous if you don’t do it right,” I replied. “You can become blind if you don’t do it right.”

“I  know,” he said. “Your eyeballs will fall out.”

“No, your eyeballs won’t fall out. You will still have your eyes, but they just won’t be able to see,” I told him.

“Ohhhhhhh, I thought your eyeballs really fall out!.”

Well. His mom knows he is one of those kids who will move the glasses so he can see better, and she doesn’t want that to happen. She told him (truthfully) that not following the rules can make you blind.

I’m pretty sure he was more afraid of his eyeballs falling out than losing his sight. What seven-year-old has a concept of what it means to lose one’s sight, especially if he doesn’t know any blind person?

I was alive for the last solar eclipse, but I’m not sure that I had a chance to see it. Maybe it didn’t come across my path, or maybe I had worked night shift and was sleeping the day away.

Who knows? It wasn’t such a big deal. One reason is that we didn’t have the social media we have now.

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What a Solar Eclipse Is

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, blocking the sunlight and casting a shadow onto Earth. According to NASA, there are four main types of solar eclipses: partial, annular, total and hybrid. This one is set to be a total eclipse, although our home is located in the 90-100% area.

As the world turns, this will likely be my last total solar eclipse. I figure I might as well watch it happen, if for no other reason than to be able to say that I witnessed the 2017 solar eclipse. Another reason is that Dave picked up enough sunglasses for the gang quite a few weeks ago – before I hardly knew there was going to be an eclipse. Yes, these glasses fit the requirements for safe watching. I’ve checked and double-checked.

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What Will Happen

What is a solar eclipse? It’s a little bit of day turning into night for a few moments. The moon will move between the sun and the earth. This move will block the light from the sun and cast a shadow onto the earth.

From what I’ve read, once the moon is in front of the sun, our normal day will appear as darkness. Dave told me that he’s read that we will be able to “see crescents on the ground through the leaves on the trees”, and the normal hot temperatures of August will cool.

“It will be quite the event,” my cousin Dwight Yoder who works for NASA tells me. “However, the full eclipse will only last ~ 3 minutes and an hour or two from start to finish.”

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Our Creator, Not Politicians, Orchestrates Every Eclipse

You know what excites me most about this? Politicians could never have agreed on where or when to have this occur. Countries would have fought for where the path would be. Kings and Presidents would have placed themselves strategically so they would have front-row seats.

A Holy Creator still holds the keys to the universe. There isn’t anything kings, presidents, countries, or politicians can do about this. No amount of bickering, complaining, maligning, or money can finagle where and how this will occur. Isn’t that awesome?!

Use the Eclipse to Help Your Kids Build Their Faith

Here’s an opportunity! Use the eclipse to instill faith, and not fear, in your kids. Teach them what to do and what not to do. Most especially, use this event to breathe your enthusiasm of our awesome God into their lives. Make this event monumental in their journey of faith.

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