This eclipse has made things pretty interesting around here.
We live right in the "path" of the total
There are people flooding into this small town, farm community like crazy.
There are aerial views and that make one of the camps look like a refugee camp.
When these folks come thru they look different, we can easily identify them, as "those people". These folks are traveling in everything from small cars to big buses, but whether they are in a car or a bus, they seem to have everything they own strapped onto it.
You see every reaction possible to these folks, from the locals; there is a fear, irritation, or fascination. I love seeing the old locals parking their pickups and leaned over the hood with a cup of coffee and a friend, and watching main street like a parade is in town.
I am so curious about these folks. They have come from a very long ways, all over the world, and by the looks of it, they have all their belongings with them. I realize they are here for the eclipse and the party, but there has to be more than that drawing these folks.
I keep having the thought that they are so close to having it right. They are drawn by an event of the sun. They are planning and traveling, for a long time from a long ways, to get the best view of the SUN doing something spectacular.
These people seem very different, but they are really just the same as all of us. These folks all have a story. I would love to sit and hear just a handful of the stories of these people that have come to celebrate and get the best view of the SUN becoming dark for approximately 2 1/2 min.
I wonder if these folks have been told about the SON of the living GOD. The SON that did something spectacular 2000 years ago and the SUN went dark for 3 hours that day. The whole history of the world revolves around this SON, just like our world revolves around the SUN. Without the SUN or the SON and we have no hope, no life.
I want to sit with a few of these folks and ask the question that we get asked when we travel to Uganda,
"You have come a long way, why have you come?"
Even if these people don't know why they have come, or they think they have just come for the eclipse or the party, there is something deeper that I think draws us all to be a part of something amazing that will go down in history forever.
I went on a hippie hunt yesterday to see if I could talk to some of the people that are coming thru town, but I realized there are some pretty interesting hippie looking peeps staying right here in our house.
These 2 hippies are SON followers. They will miss the eclipse, as they are moving onto the next stop, but they have already committed their lives to following the SON of God and being a part of something spectacular that has been life changing and life giving. Praying for safe travels for these 2 as they look like the other peeps driving around with all their stuff strapped to the car.