It happened again, the total eclipse of the sun. The moon completely blocked the light of the sun on Monday, April 8, 2024. In 2017, I flew with a pilot friend of mine to view the total eclipse in Paducah, Kentucky. I remember envying the Oregonders who experienced a literal midnight at 1pm. To my recollection, Paducah’s sky only resembled that of one just before a bad storm, something I’d seen many times. Not sure the 2-hour flight to this particular FBO (smaller airport that accommodates private and business airplanes) was worth it. It was a very tricky landing in a small plane at a very busy airport.

Arriving 2 hours early, we walked in the crowded gate area and waited with all the other eager pilots and their guests. It was dreadfully hot out on the tarmac, so we opted to stay inside until the last minute. After using the restroom facilities, eating some lite snacks, and twiddling our thumbs, it was time to put on our protective glasses and head outside. The sky eventually darkened and within a few minutes became blue again. It was something I’ll never forget, I suppose, considering all the hype, the bumpy flight, and the darker sky without the storms in the middle of the afternoon.

It is now 2024, and another eclipse has come and gone. I was not far from some of the cities in totality, but Caleb (one of my students) and I headed outside anyway to experience yet another amazing performance by the Creator of the universe. It’s uncanny to think that people don’t believe in Him. How?

A lot has changed for my pilot friend and me since that hot day in August, 2017. Seven years is a long time. What are you doing now that you weren’t doing then? What has happened in your life? Can you say you’re in a better place, or have things taken a darker turn? Have you completed those unfinished tasks? Did you send that letter? What has blocked the light in your life, or are you flying high right now?


Jesus said that we would experience trouble in this world. Like the sun, we experience periods of darkness, but in time, the light overcomes the darkness and begins to shine again.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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