by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” (Psalm 139:12)
Something big is happening today. The eclipse. Are you excited? I was in the third grade the last time we had a major eclipse, and at the time, 2017 seemed like an eternity. As excited as I am about the events this afternoon, it might feel like an eternity between now and when the day turns to night.
Even though the sky will grow dark in the middle of the day, the light still shines. 1 John 1:5 tells us that there is no darkness in God at all, because God is light. Jesus said that he is the light of the world, and whoever follows him will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12). Jesus also taught in the Sermon on the Mount that he shares the light of life with his followers so we all may shine God light wherever we go (Matthew 5:16).
Everyone will be looking to the sky in just a few hours. As we marvel at this event in the heaveans, may we remember that as darkness falls, it is just temporary. The light will return, and in reality, it never left. May this be a reminder that in the midst of some temporary darkness, the light still shines, and we have the responsibility to shine for others and point them to the goodness of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know that there is no darkness in you whatsoever. As I eagerly await today’s eclipse, help me to know that your light shines perpetually, and I am called to reflect that light to all. I pray this in the name of Jesus, the Light of the World. Amen.