Nothing Can Eclipse God’s Glory

In August of  2017 an eclipse marked our path in Kansas City, Missouri, where we lived. I wrote about it on a blog then. Today, we live in Virginia, not smack in the center, but still near to the path of totality. April 8, 2024 highlights the same truth as the eclipse of six years ago. 

Nothing can eclipse God’s glory.  

You’ve heard the hype. It’s a little crazy. Schools are closing, people are camping out, hotels are full, and businesses are gearing up for a once in a lifetime opportunity to cash in. The whole idea of daylight sky-darkening-burning-brilliance brings unmatched frenzy, a shivery-tempting eeriness.

On April 8, 2024 the moon will pass before the sun, sunlight will be covered and shadow will darken our day. Let the goose-bumpiness begin. 

What an opportunity for families to gather around Bible stories. During the plagues of Egypt, the ninth plague not only blackened the sky but was so thick it could be felt. (Exodus 10). Darkness filled the land for three hours when Jesus was crucified. (Matt. 27:45-50) Scripture paints a dark future with coming events in Revelation. (Revelation 6:12) 

Like the 2017 eclipse, 2024 will offer an illustration to children and grandchildren of the unstoppable magnitude of God through history and into the future.

For a few brief moments darkness will almost shut out light. Its source will be nearly hidden, and it’s power covered.

Ekleipsis, the Greek origin of the word eclipse, is an ancient word for being abandoned. Sun worshipers felt the terror of being left alone as their light was obliterated. Even animals grow quiet in the chilling stillness. 

At times my attention on life’s issues, attitudes, or actions overshadow God’s light, like an eclipse. Some of the stuff that happens in and around me fills my vision. Truth seems diffused, almost obliterated. And sometimes I feel like the world is at an end, as if evil and ignorance has eclipsed God’s light.

Photo by Philip Schroeder August 21, 2017

A world without the brilliant light of Christ is dark indeed.

Do I sometimes allow His glory to be eclipsed by circumstance or apathy? Do I permit other things to block His brilliance? Do I forget He never abandons His children?

Do I sometimes let life eclipse His glory? Do I allow things to block His brilliance? Share on X

… He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.” (1Tim. 6:15-16 NKJV)

The phenomenon of an eclipse points to a Creator who made the heavens and the earth, the One who set the stars in the heavens and the sun to shine. This is an opportunity not just to admire an event, but to remember, to worship and adore God who fashioned all of it. It is a moment in history that gives pause, opens doors to engage others, share faith and rejoice in a Sovereign Lord.

“… He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.” (1Tim. 6:15;… Share on X

His light has not faded no matter what situations tend to block our view or darken our skies. It shines just as strong today as when He proclaimed the moon to shine at night and the sun by day.

God’s dazzling magnificence is the same as when He placed Moses in the cleft of the rock so that His glory could pass because, “…You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” (Exodus 33:19-23)

Saul discovered God’s splendor on the road to Damascus when he fell on his face and pled, “Who are You, Lord?” and was led away blind. (Acts 9:1-9)

When Jesus was transfigured in front of Peter, John and James, He talked with Moses and Elijah who appeared in glory. Jesus’ face “shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.”  And when a voice spoke, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” the disciples fell on their faces terrified. (Matthew 17:1-13)

And this Glory is reflected in His children.

His light cannot be snuffed. It will shine. God has not changed. He has not abandoned us.

who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light whom no man has seen or can see...”

We are not left in darkness.This uncontainable God who revealed Himself in Jesus Christ is the light of the world.

In a few days we’ll scramble to put on our filtered eclipse glasses. We will recognize the science of a great happening, the historical moment which we share. We will be amazed, but we with faces upturned to Christ will also look beyond. We will anticipate greater brilliance ahead. This is only a glimpse.



*Feature photo by Philip Schroeder August 21, 2017

13 Replies

  1. Barbara Latta Reply

    This is just one phenomenon of nature that God created. His power has no end and His light will shine forever.

  2. Sylvia schroeder Reply

    You are so right Barbara! We have an awesome God who displays His glory every day in many ways. How I need to be more aware of His greatness!

  3. Ann Newcomer Reply

    Love how you seize each opportunity to reflect His greatness, His omniscience, Sylvia. ❤️

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Thank you Ann. I feel like in real life and real time, I miss so many of those moments that exalt Him and highlight His greatness. When we see Him one day, it will just be amazing to see His hand in the events of our history!

  4. Sharon Reply

    I love how you take this event and draw our minds to Jesus and the opportunity for conversation with those around us!
    Thank you Sylvia!

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Thank you Sharon. When we served overseas, there was intention in every opportunity. I feel I need to renew some of that intentionality to share Christ. This is a great opportunity for God’s glory really and truly cannot be eclipsed!

  5. Don Pahl Reply

    In 1867, Walter Chalmers Smith penned the text “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” from 1 Timothy 1:17.

    One verse ends with the reminder, “‘Tis only the splendor of light hides Thee!”

    Thank you for a powerful reminder, Sylvia. How can we possibly grasp the enormity of “Unapproachable Light” let alone live in that truth?!

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Yes, and live in a way that others are drawn to that Light of the World?! May we the church use every opportunity! Thanks Don!

  6. Ron Gallagher Reply

    Sorry for being a bit late to the party, Sylvia, but thanks for a timely and very well done, as usual. The extensive implications of light and how it radiates the glory of the living God we serve is a captivating subject, and your reminder to consider it as the popular culture convulses over the eclipse is refreshing.

  7. Sylvia schroeder Reply

    Ron, thank you. It has always been fascinating to me to think of the brilliance of God’s glory. While we get little glimpses now, someday the view will be truly spectacular !

  8. J.D. Wininger Reply

    So many truths here my friend. I thought back to many times when life “eclipsed” God’s light in my life. He was still there, burning as brightly, but I was blinded by circumstances and couldn’t see it. If I’m completely honest with myself, I didn’t look for it very hard either at times.

  9. Katherine Pasour Reply

    Because of a family vacation, I’m late getting to your message, but I’m so glad I read it. Thank you, Sylvia, for this inspiring message to remind us of Him who brings the light and banishes the darkness. Only our Lord.