Last night at our Madison Christian School Board Meeting, Board President Dennis Kimball shared a devotion he had prepared about the eclipse. As you know, Dennis also serves as an elder at Madison Christian Church. As you will see, his thoughts are timely, creative, insightful, and helpful. I share them with you with his permission:
 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
I think we’ve all heard about the eclipse this afternoon. It is a spectacular event to watch. But it can be a metaphor, a sad metaphor, for our faith. The moon reflects the light from our sun. But sometimes, like today, it blocks the sun’s light from the earth. When we fail to obey Jesus, we can be in that position of blocking His glory from the view of our friends and coworkers.
That period when the sun is blocked completely can be very memorable. Unfortunately, the period when we disobey Jesus greatly can also be memorable in the minds of those we want to lead to Jesus. That can be quite a setback in God’s plan for salvation when we, His ambassadors, disobey Him in ways that bring Him dishonor. Even if the disobedience was brief, it’s impact can be damaging for a long time.
Carrying on with the analogy, whenever an eclipse happens, our moon is in its “new” phase. That means that the moon does not reflect any sunlight on us during the night following the eclipse. That is often the case spiritually when we have disobeyed our Lord in a major way. We often fail to reflect his glory as we recover from our disobedience, as we struggle with guilt and shame.
But one more aspect of our moon can give us encouragement. Approximately 14 days after a “new” phase, the moon becomes a “full moon.” When the moon is “full,” it is fully reflecting the sunlight at night. Whenever we confess and repent from our sins, Jesus forgives us and restores us to full service as surely as the moon becomes full after an eclipse! And Jesus uses us to reflect His glory where darkness rules the land, just like the moon reflects the sun at night!
Now there is one aspect of this analogy that does not hold up. Our moon eclipses the sun very regularly (approximately every 18 months). Fortunately, by the transforming work that the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives, we are not bound to any strict schedule in our disobedience. Temptations can be defeated by the power of the Word in our minds and the Holy Spirit in our bodies. As we are transformed, Jesus grows in us and sin recedes. The next “eclipse” of God’s glory never has to happen in our lives through God’s power.