My wife shares her thoughts watching the total solar eclipse of 22 July 2009
I almost forgot about the total solar eclipse that took place this morning. It was a good thing that when I tuned in to my favourite radio station 933 at 8.15am and the DJs were commenting that the total solar eclipse was about to start and there would be a live telecast on Channel U.
I was feeding my daughter Hannah breakfast and I told myself to quickly finish feeding her so I could watch it on TV.
Even though I was not able to experience it in Singapore, it was very amazing to even watch it on TV especially since the program was in Chinese and I appreciate Chinese, programmes more than English ones. I could feel the emotions and excitement through the ‘live’ telecast and I couldn’t help but get excited with them too.
It was very magnificent when the sun was completely covered by the moon within a few minutes. It reminded me of the thrill and happiness that I had when I was able to watch the sunset with my husband Gerald outside my flat in Sembawang a few weeks ago.
The scientists were explaining the different phases people can expect to see and one of the phases is the ‘Diamond Ring’. They said that if the sky is clear, people could even see stars when the sky turns dark.
There was also an ancient dance performance. The reporter explained that during ancient times, people were terrified when a solar eclipse happened. They were unaware that it was a natural phenomenon and they thought that the “Sun God” had disappeared. They then had to dance to ‘invite’ the Sun God to appear again. One of the reporters said, “Now we do not have to be afraid. We have to be thankful either for today’s advanced technology or SOMETHING ELSE for being able to witness this spectacular phenomenon.”
The sky was getting dark and the people were counting down together in anticipation of the total solar eclipse. I couldn’t take my eyes off the TV even though Hannah was crawling to some places in the living room where she wasn’t supposed to be. I managed to see the ‘Diamond Ring” stage. It was really beautiful.
At the same time the Spirit moved within me when I was watching it. I was in fact tearing when I was watching the event take place on TV. I couldn’t help but focus on the Creator of the Universe and praise God for creating this wonderful Universe. It is not SOMETHING ELSE! It is God who allowed us to witness this wonderful phenomenon! It is one of His many ways of showing us His existence. God is the one who created everything and set everything in place. He is the one who give us the breath of life.
The eclipse was over in a few minutes and the people were cheering away. Everyone was in high spirits and excited to be able to witness it. And yet I was sad that God was not acknowledged at all. So I decided pen down my thoughts before I forgot and God goes unacknowledged again.
“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.”
– Genesis 1:14-19 (NIV)