Dawn Tolbert

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#366Days

3% is still pretty impressive

On Monday, my coworkers and I were like a lot of Americans. We gathered in our parking lot and, through borrowed eclipse glasses, caught glimpses of an amazing natural phenomenon.

I’d seen the moments of totality unfolding over the Internet as we waited for our shining moment. We were, we knew, in only a 97% eclipse window. In my mind, I knew that wouldn’t be terribly dark, and what we witnessed turned out to be a dusky moment.

I heard later that kids asked “What? That’s all?” But reflecting on the moment, I’ve been enormously impressed with just how bright our sun is. I told a friend that one single candle can light a room so 3% of the sun is still a lot.

This morning, though, my mind turned to Revelation 22:5: “And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

As mighty and majestic and beautiful as our sun is, it pales in comparison to the beauty and glory of our Lord. My heart looks forward to the day when we stand in His shining presence, triumphant through no work, no goodness of our own, but only through the blood of Jesus and the mercy and grace He extends as a free gift to us.

What a glorious day that will be. And we won’t need special eclipse glasses.

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