I got to witness a total eclipse of the sun last Monday. And it was awesome!
As I stood on a high hill above a valley in Eastern Idaho with 150 other eclipsers gazing at the heavens to watch the moon start to form a sun crescent in the sky, everything around us began to change. The amount of sunlight reaching us began to diminish, the temperature started to drop, less of the sun could be seen. It felt like nighttime was approaching. Then, when the moon was 99% covering the sun and moved ever so slightly more to cover 100%, it was spontaneous transformation. Within seconds total darkness came swooping in from the west racing across the surface of the earth at 2000 miles per hour. It was nighttime in the day. We could see Venus. It was cold. But the most spectacular sight of all was the corona surrounding the moon. To see it, we had to take off our eclipse glasses, which was safe for two minutes. The radiating brilliant clear pure white striking out in all directions illuminating and bursting into the sky around the perimeter of the moon was like nothing I’d ever seen before. Jaws dropped. Eyes glued. Minds were swirling trying to sort out the meaning and significance. As the moon continued its course ending the total eclipse, the famous “diamond,” appeared in the form of super intense brilliant light exploding around the edge of the moon as it moved to 99% coverage once again. Glasses were quickly put back on. People was grasping for words to describe the experience. It was unforgettable.
I took home a monumental spiritual lesson from the event.
The next day, we spoke with another eclipser at a rest stop on the drive home. They had witnessed a 99% eclipse, not totality. And they didn’t think it was any big deal. “Just another eclipse,” was pretty much their take-away. As we shared observations, it was clear to me that they totally missed out on what we saw. They did not have a 99% experience compared to our 100%. They didn’t have the totality experience at all. They didn’t even remotely understand or fathom what we witnessed, because it was so entirely different. We had the total night-time effect. We could see into the heavens. We saw the corona. We saw the appearance of the diamond. They did not.
It’s a lesson on following God and experiencing spiritual healing. The Bible teaches us to love God with our whole heart. Not a 99% heart, but a 100% heart. When we are devoted at the 100% level, we experience totality in spirituality. It’s incredibly liberating. There is profound peace of mind, health, spiritual healing, closeness to God and results when we turn to God in prayer. A 99% heart is close, and may feel like it’s “there.” But it’s the 100% heart that sees and experiences the full real thing. The 1% between 99% and 100% is 100% in terms of effect.
So, go for totality when seeking out spirituality and God’s help. A 1% shortfall could be all the difference between something and nothing when it comes to answered prayer.