“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.