I love using nature and science to teach spiritual truths to my kids. I find it really helpful when there is a natural event that applies directly to teaching my kids. And this eclipse is perfect in so many ways!
Set aside all the end times prophesy fulfillment for a moment. While I certainly find some of it suspiciously significant, and while I am not entirely opposed to teaching my kids about end times prophesy, I think this occasion offers much more for the little ones.
So, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you and prepared three short devotionals for your kids and mine. Pick one or two or use all three in the days leading up to and following the eclipse and make it an opportunity to gently lead your children closer to their Heavenly Father!
My Future’s So Bright, I’ve Gotta Wear Shades
Want to look at the sun during an eclipse? Well, you better have some shades! And regular sunglasses won’t do the trick! We need special sunglasses just for the eclipse! If we look at the sun without those glasses, we could burn our retinas and end up going blind!
Did you know that a long time ago, a certain man encountered God. But when he did, God told him to hide behind a rock or God’s glory would kill him!
(Read Exodus 33:17-23)
The very appearance of God would kill him! Can you imagine? The sun in all its full glory won’t kill you, even if looking right at it would blind you!
How much brighter than the sun do you think God must be?
That man was Moses, and so God showed Himself to Moses… but carefully, while Moses hid so that God’s overwhelming presence could be tolerated by a human. As we go out to look at the eclipse, most of the sun’s brightness won’t be visible to us, but we still have to be careful and wear our solar eclipse glasses! And while we do, let’s think about God and how much more Light He must be!
Even When It’s Dark Out, the Light is Still There
When the eclipse happens what are we seeing? Does the sun disappear? Does it go away? Well, even though it may look that way, actually the sun is just hiding behind the moon. When the moon passes in front of the sun, we have an eclipse. Sometimes that eclipse is just partial, so it covers only a part of the sun, but other times it covers the whole thing! In some places during this eclipse, it appears that the whole sun is covered and in other parts of the country, only part of the sun is covered. It just depends on your perspective – where you’re standing.
The same thing applies to God. Sometimes from our perspective, where we are standing, it seems like God is nowhere to be found. Sometimes, it is like He left. But even when it seems that way, we can be sure that God is still with us, just like the sun.
(Read Deuteronomy 31:6)
From our perspective, it can feel dark and scary, but God is still there being God, still shining, just something is in the way so we aren’t seeing Him in that moment. Trust anyway that He hasn’t left and you’ll see Him working in your life again soon.
Get Out Of the Way!
What is a Solar Eclipse? Well, we know that a solar eclipse is when the moon blocks the sun’s light from reaching the earth. And while we know that the sun is still there, it’s light isn’t reaching us, is it?
Now consider that our Heavenly Father as the Light. He is like the Sun. So Bright. So Warm. When we are in His presence we feel all warm and cheerful.
Did you know that God has called us to reflect His light to others? He did!
(Read 2 Corinthians 3:18 together)
Our job is to reflect the glory of God, all His goodness to other people! But what if we don’t? What if we get in the way instead and block God’s glory from reaching others?
Did you know sometimes we do that? When we let sin in, when we choose selfishness and pride or anger, we are blocking God’s glory from reaching others, rather than reflecting it onto them.
What do you think? How can we better reflect God’s glory to others?
I hope you and your family enjoy these! Tell me what your kids think in the comments below!
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