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Our God Is An Awesome God

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27 Sep Our God Is An Awesome God

Genesis 1:16 God made the two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

God is awesome! On August 21, 2017 Hopkinsville, KY – population of 31,577 – was prepared for the 50,000 to 100,000 visitors descending upon their small town. Major highways were crammed with cars heading to Hopkinsville and many had just stopped and parked along near-by side roads, close to the town with their lawn chairs and coolers. Hotels were booked solid in a 100-mile radius. Cars from Texas, Maine, Maryland, Tennessee, Wisconsin and many more states – even Canada could be seen in the parking lots. They all had one purpose for traveling from their homes miles away – to watch the Total Solar Eclipse, which would last 2 minutes and 41 seconds. My son, daughter-in-law and I were part of this swarm of people flocking to Hopkinsville.

My family had lived in Hopkinsville for a few years, and we knew a back road to take to avoid some of the traffic. By the time we arrived and found a parking space in a church parking lot, all the T-shirts and other souvenirs were sold out. We made our way to the Farmers’ Market in the center of town and joined others to await this remarkable event. The whole eclipse lasted a little over 2 hours. Each phase was spectacular, but didn’t compare with the total blacking out of the sun. Streetlights came on and everyone was shouting and clapping – then 2 minutes and 41 seconds of silence and hushed voices. When the sun started emerging from the shadow, there were more cheers and clapping. It was awesome!

I overheard conversations about the scientific explanations of the eclipse and what to look for at different phases. Some groups of people were more interested in picture taking or evaluating their solar eye-ware. I don’t recall anyone mentioning God’s role or that because of His creating the sun and moon and all things, made this miraculous event possible.

How often do we thank God for His creation? We see the sunrise or sunset. We admire the beauty of the flowers and smell their fragrance. We feel the soft breeze as we sit in the shade of the tree. We touch a baby’s face or pat the soft fur of our pet. God created it all. The creation list is endless. The Total Eclipse? Just another on of God’s handiworks. Look around. What makes you smile and sing:

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome God

Blessings, Deaconess Sharon