where will you be???

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain:
either you will reach a point higher up today,
or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to
climb higher tomorrow.

Friedrich Nietzsche


(solar viewing glasses / Julie Cook / 2017)

Maybe you’ve heard,
maybe you haven’t….
there’s to be a really big event on August 21st.

I figured this out when a local realtor mailed out to the folks in our county
some funky little paper gasses advertising her reality business.

The glasses are paper things similar to what you use to get to view things in 3D.
These however have foggy looking lenses with the realtors name splashed on the sides.

I figured they were for viewing the fourth of July’s fireworks…
that is until I spotted the words “solar viewing glasses” on the inside of
the frames.

Curious I thought maybe there’s something going on I don’t know about.
A little search quickly informed me that yes, something big is to be going on…
on exactly August 21st.

A total solar eclipse will skirt across North America from Oregon to South Carolina.
It’s being dubbed “the Great American Total Solar Eclipse” as it’s isolated to
just North America, from sea to shining sea.

And you better believe the Atlanta news is already rife with the stories of where,
when and how to best view this rare occurrence.

My cousin who lives up in North Georgia, just this side of the South Carolina border, called asking if we wanted to drive up for the “show” as they are to be in
a great place for viewing.

Really?

I think those who will be in the path will be treated to about a 2 minute show
give or take.

“It brings people to tears,” Rick Fienberg, a spokesperson for the
American Astronomical Society (AAS), told Space.com of the experience.
“It makes people’s jaw drop.”

Really?

Now granted the last total such eclipse was in 1979.
Back then there weren’t fancy little viewing glasses—
just a piece of paper along with another piece of paper cardboard with a hole
cut in the middle… such that the cast shadow of the event would then show onto
the other paper…
all this for “safe” viewing lest you go blind staring at the sun.

Staring at the sun is never wise to those who treasure sight
as well as their eyes!

I think the glasses will make it all way cooler then our old school two
pieces of paper…just saying.

There will be about a 70 mile wide swarth flowing across Oregon,
Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee,
Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
With reports that “Aug. 21, 2017, may be one of the worst traffic days in
national history, some NASA representatives predict”…
so they’re telling folks to plan accordingly.

Really?

Now granted I may sound a bit cynical.
And don’t get me wrong….
I love a “heavenly” occurrence just as much as the
next person.
I can get swept up in the hoopla just as easily as everybody else
when something really big is anticipated to happen.

Remember partying like it was 1999…
in 1999…
at the stroke of midnight when we went from one millennium to another???
What with all that Y2K pandemonium…
that whole ‘where will you be when the earth goes black’ frenzy???

I was on my couch….
with my husband sound asleep on one end, my son and I
watching the ball drop in Times Square on the other end…
Once the ball dropped and we still had power and the earth was still
in one piece and the 2nd coming had not come…
I sent my son to bed.

So yes, I can get just as excited.

So with all the history of eclipses now making the rounds…
Given how those in ancient times reacted to such astronomical occurrences…
as in the sky is falling Henny Penny…

Add in all the speculations from all the calculations as to what this is
now all to mean..what with this latest lining up in the heavens…
coupled by the coincidence of various dates and patterns…
What with those who are currently stock piling their prepper safe rooms…

And well….I’ve got my glasses.

And with all of this latest stirring over phenomenons that are out of our control…
I actually wonder….

What would happen if folks were to get this excited thinking about the coming of
our very final redemption?

What would everyone do that sudden moment the heavens parted,
and in that Eastern sky, Jesus made His presence known….

There’d be no time to get the special viewing glasses,
helping to keep eyes protected from His blinding Light…
there’d be no time to plot and plan where the best place would be for
viewing that true “Second Coming”…
There’d be no time for news stories,
not fees taken for prime viewing rights….
and of what time would there be to say “yes, Lord, I am indeed
a sinner who is in need of your saving Grace….”

So how much greater will that day be in comparison to a total eclipse
of the sun…..

β€œAnd there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth
distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves,
people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world.
For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the
Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Now when these things begin to take place,
straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Luke 21:25-28

Here’s the link for information regarding the eclipse:

https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html

22 comments on “where will you be???

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Can’t wait for that second coming, but it will be worth it.

  2. Lynda says:

    As I understand from the link and from your post, we in Canada will not see the eclipse – that could explain why I haven’t heard anything about it until now.

    As for the second coming of Christ: “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father…Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” (Matthew 24:36, 44) Let us live every day as though it would be today!

  3. Sarah says:

    Not being on the right continent for the eclipse, I will probably be celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Knock in Knock. :D. I hope the clouds stay away so that you get a great view. Enjoy. πŸ™‚

    • Sarah–I think being in Knock celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Knock will be really quite special.
      My aunt and I were actually in Padua (Padova) years ago on the feast day of St Anthony—Padua’s patron saint—it was quite special and moving to see the celebration and ceremony that moved from the Basilica throughout the entire city—

      And after all the hype here regarding the eclipse—it will most likely be an overcast day….
      but we shall see as I do want to try out these little glasses πŸ™‚

  4. SarahC says:

    yeah I recall the school day a little back then, and The hole in the index card or something , good grief, people are a little odd now about things! I did spend a night (awake) on a dock at a lake once for the total lunar eclipse, now that was interesting. Anywho, enjoy your posts

    • glad you were awake on the dock πŸ˜‰
      and I bet seeing a lunar eclipse over the water was quite a sight—as I suspect this solar eclipse will be for those who will see it—hopefully the skies will be clear πŸ™‚

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Well, at the very least the Second Coming will put an end to traffic jams.
    πŸ˜‰

  6. Wally Fry says:

    I heard Party Like it’s 1999 on the radio today. You are a prophet LOL

  7. I loved this.

    I don’t get all the eclipse fuss, either. People are booking hotel rooms in Oregon and this is allegedly the event of the century. To me it feels a bit like the full moon. I enjoy the full moon and always try to catch a glimpse of it, but it’s not exactly earth shattering. πŸ™‚

  8. Well I don’t have my special glasses and I haven’t heard anything about it here so I reckon, I’ll just have to miss it.
    I do hope you get to see it. πŸ™‚ ❀

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