In further reflections upon the eclipse, I became aware of several occurrences. For example, even though the sun was blocked out (at least, temporarily), the grass was still growing, flowers were still blooming, rivers were unabated in their flow and birds were still flying. In other words, in spite of the transient darkness, life in the eclipse regions continued as it was before whether the sun could be seen or not.
What a glorious picture of life. Sometimes the sun (or should I say God's watchful presence) is blocked from our view. These are the situations where the diagnosis from the doctor is dreadful, the balance in the checkbook is pitiful, or the chances of getting a job are limited. As a matter of fact, we are prone to call these times "dark" days. We are not to worry, though, because God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Everything in our lives will work out according to His plan and His timing. He is looking after us whether we are able to see Him or not.
Thus, celestial eclipses are a rare event. Unfortunately, personal eclipses occur more regularly. But, as Jesus reminds us in John 20:29, "blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”