Many of us recently watched the solar eclipse; a rare astronomical event. When the moon for a short time crossed paths with the sun, the light of the sun was either partially or completely covered depending upon the location in the United States from where observers were viewing this event. Many astronomy enthusiasts purchased or constructed various viewing devices to watch as gradually the moon began to eclipse the sun, closing to the diamond ring where only a small crescent shape shone through, and finally for some like those in Oregon, to witness the moon’s full coverage of the sun referred to as “totality”. Yet, even in totality, the corona of the sun (translated crown) becomes like a glowing orb from behind the moon.
Witnessing the eclipse made me think about darkness and light; about the crown of my King Jesus and about the heavenly light of God which still shines even when it is covered by our earthly darkness. Some circumstances that weigh heavy on our souls, make it feel as though we only see a glimpse of God; and yet, like the sun, his power never decreases. The sun is the most powerful star we can see in our solar system and it is made up of fire and gases so hot we would be instantly incinerated by its intensity. But it becomes overshadowed in this brief moment, by the moon which is approximately 416 times smaller. Answers.com reports that you could fit about 72 million moons inside the Sun.
Sometimes our struggles feel so huge, and yet God is so much bigger and more powerful that the troubles we deal with in our short lives. In light of eternity, the most horrendous experiences in our brief existence are but a momentary eclipse of darkness, all the while His power never decreases one bit, though we often feel as though we don’t see God when our struggles reign in a place consuming the totality of our focus.
I want to encourage you today, that His light, like the sun behind the eclipsing moon, never dims or wanes in strength. Though at times we ask where God is in our messes, He is shining like the corona behind them all. It is okay to ask God questions–to wrestle with Him and even to become angry, but like Jacob, wrestle until you break through to His blessing, where once again you will see His love shining brightly like the vibrant midday sun.
His Word Tells Us…
The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned. – Matthew 4:16
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. –John 1:5
When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
The Lord is the light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1
This is why it is said: Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. –Ephesians 5:14
When we suffer and grow fearful, help us to know that your love is real and that it is powerful beyond our imaginations. Help us to become spiritually awake to the resources we have in relationship with you. Shine on us, Lord, and bless us.
Help give us your strength to overcome the darkness of our hearts, our sins, and our circumstances. Heal those around us who are suffering physically or emotionally. Help us to be lights to them. Be with our families and our friends and help us to know that even when your light has been covered by our eclipsing circumstances, the darkness will not last forever, and your light will never go out. We give thanks and glory to you.
In Jesus’ Name,