Recalling a phenomena

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

People are still talking about August 21 when we were awed and mesmerized with the occurrence of the solar eclipse. It was a much-needed diversion from problems occurring in our daily existence. We were given a reprieve from racial tension and polarizing antics attributed to a troubled presidency. It was a uniting experience bringing people together regardless of race, religion, sex, social status, or political affiliation.

Whatever one’s reason for taking part in observing and celebrating this celestial event, it awakened within its observers enthusiasm, excitement, curiosity and a sense of relevancy. It served as a conduit for people from all over the world to come together to witness a once in a lifetime heavenly event.

School age children were extremely excited, catapulting many to have a profound interest in science, especially as it relates to the solar system. Older adults were excited at witnessing what they felt would be a once in a life time event and a time to bond with their children as well as peak their curiosity. One must understand preparations were made years ahead prior to this event by many of the participants.

While it meant different things to different people, it touched me spiritually. The event only cemented my confirmation that we as human beings are not in control of anything. God is in control and is constantly putting mankind on notice. Man, who seems to be trying to put God on the backburner and taking credit for what God has provided, cannot take credit for the eclipse or other divine and spectacular acts superseding man’s limited capabilities.

I also enjoyed the camaraderie of a diverse group of people made up many ethnicities and social economic groups coming together in Hadley Park, where I chose to watch the eclipse. It symbolized to me that God has a way of bringing people together to bond in love and friendship, enhancing our spirituality.

The awe and splendor of the eclipse also reminded me of my mortality, thus moving me to rededicate myself to work harder to make my stay here on earth more meaningful, especially as a servant to glorify and praise my most benevolent benefactor. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the eclipse was a poignant reminder that it is not all about me and that I should find more time to appreciate and enjoy the beauty ever so present, provided by a higher, omnipotent power.

I remember when the moon blocked the sun, and the earth darkened. You could still see light escaping and outlining the darkness, thus reminding us that light representing truth and righteousness finds a way to prevail. The eclipse also reminded us that even in the darkest times, we can look forward to brighter times. Maybe the eclipse was a much-needed omen to remind us that while we are experiencing some troubling times, things are destined to get better.

Remember, only God in his omniscience can control acts of nature or events overwhelming to man’s imagination. It seems that regardless of one’s religious affiliation, it should be apparent that everything on earth and the universe is in perfect sync. This perfect sync is all too often interrupted by man attempts to manipulate nature for personal gains.

The eclipse may have carried different meanings to its observers, but in my experience it only served to validate the divinity and majesty of a higher power to be an unquestionable given.