Posted on August 24, 2017
by Brenda Scott, first grade teacher
I noticed that all the talk in my life this past weekend was about the eclipse. People at church, in my neighborhood and in my family were discussing the event. Talk of the glasses needed to protect our eyes, the time we could observe the eclipse and the fact that it is very rare for a total solar eclipse to happen here in the USA. Especially an eclipse that went from coast to coast over the entire country.
As I pondered all of this, I looked up the definition of an eclipse:
NOUN–an obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer or between it and its source of illumination.
“an eclipse of the sun” syn—concealing, obscuring, blotting out…
The Bible tells us in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” We know this full well because we read in the creation story how intentional God was as he made our world, the sun, moon, stars, etc. He provided illumination we could physically see and would need to live.
But he also provided us another source of light to illumine our lives and shine brightly in the darkness of this fallen world we live in. I want to focus on THAT source of light in our lives…the light we experience as Christians, of God’s love and presence that guides us in truth and love and grace.
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
John 1:5 – The Light (of God) shines in the darkness.
John 8:12 – Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’
We know that the light of Jesus’ love and glory do not fade over time or move away from us in our lives. It is constant. Never changing or weakening. We have the full intensity of his guidance and peace and joy at all times. But sometimes, there are things that SEEM to eclipse the Lord in our lives.
Sometimes it is not of our own making- like a death, or an illness or a tragedy like an accident. But more likely, it is something we put in front of the light by our own design. Worry, stress, the tyranny of the urgent as we are busy, busy, busy…pride, arrogance, a critical nature, or being judgmental.
In all of these circumstances, the light of God NEVER moved. It is we who put things before his light and focus on THAT instead. Our focus shifts to the “issue” instead of the light source. It seems as if the problem is so much greater than His ability to help us, but that is the farthest thing from the truth. In fact, when you think about the eclipse that occurred, the moon is FAR smaller than the sun, yet it blotted out the light.
Isn’t that so like our lives? Things we think are so BIG and so HARD and so TRYING do not even compare to how BIG and MIGHTY our light source is…our Omnipotent, Magnificent, Sovereign, Heavenly Father.
Today, as we reflect on the eclipse, let us be reminded to keep our gaze on the light of our Father and not on ourselves or our circumstances. REMEMBER…He has not moved. Look up to His glory and be refreshed and fulfilled in Him.
We do not need special glasses to behold His Majesty. Jesus himself became our full open pathway to the Father. Follow your Savior to THE light.