Fellowship, inspiration and training are usually the agenda for the North Pacific Union Conference’s annual ministerial retreats. The annual retreat is planned specifically for Conference Ministerial Directors, Evangelists, Evangelism Coordinators, and Hispanic Coordinators. However, this year’s retreat enjoyed a rare and special treat: America’s full solar eclipse of August 21st. Not satisfied with just a 99.83% coverage at the conference’s location, some traveled to nearby Warm Springs, Oregon to get about a minute and a half of full totality.
What came alive during this amazing experience was the record of creation for the Fourth Day: “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons….” Genesis 1:14. For this brief period, the attention of the world was directed upward, fulfilling the purpose of “a sign.” For those of us who were thus blessed with this awesome demonstration of God’s power, we could only shout out praises to the Creator.