Seeking “Totality”

If you miss the upcoming eclipse on in the afternoon on Monday, April 8, you can see it again in the year 2079. On Monday, a 124-mile-wide band across the state of Ohio will experience a total eclipse. Depending upon where you are, the total eclipse will last for 2.5-4.5 minutes. Right here in beautiful Groveport, we will see a partial eclipse for 2 hours 31 minutes. At the peak in Groveport, 99.6% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon. The sky will darken and the air will get colder.

A total eclipse is rare (only 21 have crossed the lower 48 states in the existence of the United States) and spectacular. Hotels and motels have been sold out for a long time in the path of “totality.” Schools are closing, traffic jams are anticipated. It seems that many people are ready for this experience when day turns into night.

I am eager to see the eclipse (Diane and I are equipped with our special eclipse viewing glasses), but I am even more fascinated with this quest for “totality.” I think there is an application to our Christian lives. In terms of the way we relate to God, the passion with which we follow Jesus and the service we render to him – “totality” is the only way to approach the situation.

Consider what the Bible says about “totality.” We are to love the Lord our God will all our heart, soul, mind and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5) We are to seek him with all of our hearts. (Psalm 119:2) Proverbs 3;5 reminds us to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Jeremiah 29:13 assures us that, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” When we wander from him, we are told how to return. “Even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” (Joel 2:12) In Colossians 1:18, Paul tells us that in terms of Jesus, it is a must that “In everything he might have the supremacy.”

One of the most important things we can do is to conduct a ruthless examination of our lives for unsurrendered areas. All of us have them. It can be very humbling when the Lord reveals to us that there are areas of our lives that we are holding back from him. We need to use the words of the old hymn, “Search me, O God,” and allow him to convict us of where our surrender can be more complete.

On Monday, April 8, we are going to see a lot of people seeking “totality” in their view of the solar eclipse. Let’s make sure we are seeking the same level of “totality” in our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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