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The Lord is Still There

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” Deut. 31:8 NIV.

We experienced a special event in the heavens this month. On August 21, 2017, there was a total eclipse of the sun. It was visible on the east coast of the United States. That’s where I live. Many of my friends and family got together and had an afternoon of sun-watching in their NASA-approved sunglasses.

These events are rare, but we’ve had them before.

I remember the eclipse in 1970. My mother kept me inside. I’m sure she was afraid I would look up and burn out my retinas.

When the newscasters began the warnings again about our recent eclipse I was amazed by the sheer power of the sun’s rays. Even in the darkness they can burn and blind. Even though the moon passes between the earth and the sun, the sun still wields its power.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I face the darkness. In those times, it’s easy for me to feel all alone. It’s easy for me to feel separated from God and His power. But, just like the sun during the eclipse, the darkness can’t extinguish Him. His word lets me know the darkness is light to Him (Psalm 139:12).

And even though some circumstance, person or event may try to come between us, He’s still there for me. He’s still working on my behalf. He’s still willing and able to fulfill His promises to me.

So, when you face those uncertain times and darkness tries to block the Father’s light in your life remember the Lord is there (Jehovah-Shammah). He sees; He knows; He moves. Our job is just to trust Him.

Photo Credit: Jim Domroes, Greenville, SC

15 thoughts on “The Lord is Still There”

  1. Jehovah Shammah – He sees us. That is a new one for me and I am clinging to it. Such a good reminder that He sees us. Nothing is hidden from him. Which reminds me that He is in control and I do not need to respond our of fear.

    1. He does see us, for sure. Hagar discovered that when Sarah threw her out of the camp (Gen.16:13). I’m so glad He’s in charge and not me. Jehovah-Shammah (Ez.48:35) comforts me because I can count on the fact that the Lord is There. He’s with us wherever we are. David wrote, “If I descend to the heavens or make my bed in hell, thou art there” [my paraphrase] Ps. 139:8. Thank you and Blessings 🙂

  2. One of my favorite names of our Lord is Jehovah Shammah! Thank you for the reminder that “when you face those uncertain times and darkness tries to block the Father’s light in your life remember the Lord is there.” Beautiful!

  3. One of my fav verses – the Lord goes before you. Having traveled from Memphis to the totality zone, I saw the eclipse in all its glory (and blogged abut it, too, like you.) It was a spiritual event for me, a fact that sort of took me by surprise. I’m glad to hear others also found God in the event.

  4. I watched the eclipse on television. I know rather boring of me, but I kept thinking about how wonderful our Creator is to capture so many people’s attention. Thanks for the reminder to trust.

  5. Beautiful truth. And such a wonderful use of this historic event. I thought about God also. We lost 80% of the sun during the eclipse. I was surprised at how much light we still received. And I too thought of God and was reminded of how even a small portion could still light the way. Thanks for this thoughtful post!

  6. “He sees; He knows; He moves. Our job is just to trust Him”
    I strongly agree with this massage. Thank you Carla, It is beautiful.

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