On Monday, August 21, 2017 our area got to experience a solar eclipse. I read swarms of posts about the dangers of looking at the sun, proper eye protection, school cancellations, and recalls on glasses. It seems like much of the area was in a panic in some way or another over this event.
I had a lot planned for that day. I was working off of a long list of things I had to get done. Many of our local schools had canceled school that day, and I decided to give my homeschooled kids a break as well so they could enjoy this rare experience. This also gave me more time to work. I worked down my list of chores and had only one thing left, the biggest thing. My online courses were starting back up and I thought that the eclipse was the perfect opportunity to let the kids off school to do something educational while I buried my head in my books.
Then it happened: a blackout. Another eclipse took over my sky… or rather, my screen. My school website was down and I could not log in. I started to feel a little panicked. My perfect day of studying was gone. I made several attempts to log in before receiving a text that the systems would most likely not be up until the next day.
What was I going to do? There was nothing I could do except put on my cardboard eclipse viewers and sit on the porch. All was quiet, much more quiet than you would imagine from all the hustle and bustle on television and social media. I watched sweet little toes scurry around in the soft blades of grass checkered by shadows from the big tree in our front yard. As it got a little hazy outside, I felt such peace. The eclipse was beautiful even though we did not get to see it in its totality from our yard. Even more beautiful, was the happy faced, light-hearted children God gave to me.
God had been trying to get me to be still, and when I finally was, He gave me what I needed most that day.
I often find that I try to fill every spare minute marking off another item from my to-do list. Sometimes that is a good thing, but sometimes I miss very precious moments. As a mom it is easy to work right on through those once in a lifetime events and not even pause for a second to take in the view. It is not good to be so focused on the next task at hand that we forget the big picture.
I have been exploring the world of classical homeschooling, and I have heard may describe it as the pursuit of “the true, the good, and the beautiful.” Today, I encourage you to not only focus on the true and the good, but also to take a moment and reflect on the beautiful things God has placed in your life such as your children. Watch them play. Watch them learn (don’t just teach them, but soak up the wonder in their faces). Watch them pray.
Take advantage of the quiet, eclipsed moments. Marvel at the beauty God has placed in the world around you.
“He hath made every thing beautiful in His time,” Ecclesiastes 3:11.