Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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August 20 – August 26




Scripture Passage:  And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day?”  And Isaiah said, “This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken:  shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?”  And Hezekiah answered, “It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, let the shadow return backward ten degrees.”  And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz. 


Dear Friends,


     I have never been what I would call a “star gazer.”  Science and astronomy was only a class I had to pass to get my degree.  I can remember lying on my back at night and looking at the stars while contemplating the awesomeness of God.  Outside that - constellations, stars, planets, and solar systems were only facts to be memorized.  I was still in high school the last time we had a partial eclipse and I did nothing to view it, so I missed it.  All I remember was the eerie shadow caused by the eclipse.  When Halley’s Comet came through a few years back, I laughingly said I was not going to lose sleep to stay up and see it.  That was a big mistake. I started with the same attitude towards the total eclipse that occurred yesterday.  No big deal, just some scientific phenomenon the world was turning into a money making scheme.  I had no intentions of doing anything but working in the office.  Patty had different ideas and I am glad she did. 


     We decided to set up a tent at the church entrance to pass out tracts and raise money for the India orphanage.  The parking fee was a voluntary donation of any amount to go strictly towards the India orphanage.   We raised $720 and not one person complained.  We had about six cars from six different states represented.  I opened the family life center so they would have bathroom facilities and had the opportunity to interact with people from all age groups.  We had a bag-pipe player, four engineers, photographers, and a man with a drone that had spent the entire year researching the event. They set up tables under the big tree at the back of our parking lot and spread blankets on the ground with picnic baskets and solar glasses.  The atmosphere was festive and contagious.  The drone guy kept saying, “This is going to be so beautiful.  This is so awesome.  What a perfect, beautiful day.”  I could not help but get excited by all his enthusiasm. 


     Nora and Leon, Patty and myself stayed at the parking lot entrance and made a day of it together.  I enjoyed their company so much and the fellowship we shared – not to mention the peanut butter and banana sandwiches.  As the time neared for the eclipse, we moved our chairs out into the parking lot, put on our glasses, and “oohed and awed” through every phase of the eclipse. We discussed everything from the temperature change, brightness of the sun as the eclipse neared its totality, and even the roosters crowing and the cicadas in the trees acting like it was dark.  Even the street lights came on.   When the total eclipse took place and we took our glasses off to see it, I was so in awe the only words I could say was, “Only God.”   Everyone left saying, “I never saw anything like it before.”  As always God never fails to impress. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny