Today’s Solar Eclipse was one of those events that is a “Where were you when…” moment. As my wife, Lisa, and I stood outside CMC-Main in Charlotte and watched along with the other gazers, it was one of those frozen moments in time. I thought of how this much larger body, the sun, was completely blocked out by a smaller body, the moon. It was amazing how–for that moment–the sun nearly disappeared behind the strategically-placed moon, and we all marveled. The very entity that brings warmth and promotes growth in plants and production of Vitamin D in human beings was gone for a moment.
I think of how small things seem large at times. Sickness, disease, death, misfortune, financial need all stop us in our tracks from time to time. I lost my father in 2013. I had major surgery in 2007. We had times with all our children that tested our ability to believe for a positive resolution.
Romans 8:35–37 (NKJV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Lisa and I were at CMC Main today for her pre-op appointment leading up to her surgery this Thursday to remove a cancerous growth. While I am confident in God, we are a bit apprehensive. The moon is covering the sun today. The eclipse is upon us. However, an interesting thing about where we were during the eclipse was that it was not in the “path of totality.” In other words, the sun still shined around the moon as it passed by today.
In the same way, whatever you are facing today, it is never a total eclipse of the SON. He still shines in a dark situation. He still provides warmth and growth when things seem discouraging. So, let the moon try to hide the sun. Let distress, famine, or peril try to hide the Son. I know that Jesus shines brightly, even in the dark times. The stripes that were laid upon His back still provide our healing today. God is in control. God’s got this!