Looking at a 15 hour drive round trip down into central Idaho.
should be a nice, scenic drive.
And, looks like great weather ahead, and the smoke from British
Columbia forest fires has abated.
The motels are
all booked solid within a hundred mile, of course, of good viewing areas.
But, I have a pretty
new car, though, and the seats fold down, so should not be too bad.
It is surely to
God's great, lovely, glory that he has made the earth, moon and sun, just the right sizes and distances that
we may have this spectacular event.
I know I would be kicking myself, later, if I
missed this rare opportunity.
Got a nice guide book, including the special glasses at Walmart.
ONLY during the time of TOTALITY may one view with naked eyes.
I feel, too, I would
be really dishonoring the Lord to miss the opportunity.
WOW! how moving, impressive, yes, actually, deeply spiritual, too, to "experience"
the total eclipse of the sun, in person.
An absolute must -- photos, videos,
you-tube, etc. simply are NO SUBSTITUTES.
I emphasis, "experience the event".
I pulled my pickup a few hundred yards off the interstate in southern Idaho, after a 500 mile,
but very scenic drive.
Along with, perhaps, a hundred other rag-tag folks in assorted RVs,
campers, trucks and cars.
Parking in the sage brush, I was quickly struck by this very
pleasant, strange, aroma - it was from the sage brush itself. It was very pleasant.
with most folks I slept in my truck all night - Thankfully the seats recline nicely.
10:15 am we all waited through the hour or so until 11:33 am as the partial eclipse progressed, occasionally watching
with our special eclipse glasses on.
Many folks had their special cameras, or at least, cell
phones, at the ready.
I noted what the handy dandy pamphlet I got at Walmart said.
The Sun is 400 times bigger than the Moon, but is also 400 times farther away.
a marvelous extreme engineering miracle for God to make this beautiful situation.
And, then at
11:33 as the moon finally covered the last sliver of the sun's disk, the crowd literally erupted in cheers of joy
as the shimmering corona burst forth into full view!
Our part of the earth immediately, drastically, darkened,
somewhat like past dusk as one gets on to night .
We took off our glasses, the harmful
sun now completely hidden, to enjoy, may I say even, almost, worship, in the shimmering brilliance of the sun's
corona gloriously showing everywhere beyond the moon's disk.
Almost as though the corona
was alive in its shimmering, not dead-like as seen in photos.
I immediately saw Venus, I am sure
stars were visible also, but with only 2.5 minutes of "totality" I was rather transfixed on the brilliant corona,
and my other immediate surroundings.
There may have been bird noises too, but I recall only vaguely.
I'm already starting to plan for the next total solar eclipse, I believe, I've heard, 2024 in the USA.
I am so glad I was personally able to experience this one.
My love, awe, and dedication for
God and my realization of his greatness and goodness have grown a lot.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament
sheweth his handywork.
unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and
their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth
as a strong man to run a race.
going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are
right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is
pure, enlightening the eyes.
fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments
of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than
much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me
from secret faults.
back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be
innocent from the great transgression.
the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
The Old Testament book of Malachi chapter 4: (Note:
the "Sun of righteousness arise")
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all
that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of
righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall
be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.
ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before
the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the
children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.