Telling Your Story

Gary, Frankly Speaking,

Monday was a big day for millions of people across the nation as the solar eclipse edged its way across the sky. The DFW area was one of the hotspots for viewing, and it just so happened that I was flying back home to conduct the funeral of my cousin’s father-in-law at the DFW National Cemetery. My flight was scheduled to land at 1:52 p.m., which meant I would have been in the air at its maximum obscuration, which was at 1:42 pm. We were going to be in the landing pattern when the sky was at its darkest. Instead, our pilots made great time, pulling to the gate at 1:34, giving me eight minutes to deplane and find a viewing spot.

As it turned out, I didn’t need my solar eclipse glasses. I was trapped inside the terminal and was only able to catch a glimpse of the totality of the eclipse by looking out of a Terminal B window along with the other trapped passengers. On the ramp outside, fleet service agents stopped work to look at the sky. An eerie darkness loomed over the airport, and everyone marveled at the sight. After a few minutes the light returned, agents went back to work, and people moved away from the windows.

When I got home my family had stories to share about how marvelously wonderful the spectacle was. They reported that they could even see the planets Venus and Saturn in the middle of the day. Facebook was filled with stories of people’s experiences of the rare celestial event. A high school classmate posted a great picture of the eclipse and commented that his dog was trying to tell him that she missed dinner and now it was time for breakfast.

Isn’t it interesting how willing we are to share with others when something significant happens in our lives? We tell people in great detail about the events and the impact they had on us. I heard that some had thought the hype regarding the eclipse was a bit overblown until they actually experienced it. It makes one wonder why we are so reluctant to tell the story of our salvation.

On Good Friday an eclipse that lasted longer than 3 minutes, 52 seconds of April 8, 2024, signaled the power of darkness to kill the Son of God. But we are an Easter people. We have a story of how death has been defeated and Christ has given us eternal life. Christ has forgiven our sin and freed us from guilt and shame. That’s a much better story than anything that was told about the total eclipse.

I realize that Hobbs was well outside the path of the eclipse, so there were no dramatic stories to tell, but as followers of Christ, you do have a story. TELL YOUR STORY!