Today we experienced an unusual overlap of lunar events called the super blue blood moon.
As the moon moved along its merry normal way, it experienced a disruption of its light source, it became overshadowed.
The moon has no light of it’s own, it only reflects the sun’s light. So when something gets in the way, the moon changes, quickly cooling and darkening.
I feel this same helpless overshadowing when a problem looms so large it blocks my view of Jesus and his light in my life.
Some dramatic change like a move, a death, a conflict with a close friend, illness or a job loss can orbit into our life and eclipse our warmth and security.
The Bible illuminates God’s unchanging character so we can remain overwhelmed by His love, joy and hope even when we are overshadowed with change.
NO CHANGE: James 1:17 says God “created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” God not only created light, He is light according to John 1. Light doesn’t create a shadow, a shadow forms when something blocks the light. After a big change in life, we may not feel God’s presence, our hearts may feel abandoned and cold but He is always there, the light is always shining, we just might not see it at the moment. His promises, character and word does not change just because circumstances change. We, like the moon can go through phases but God, like the sun never changes.
NO FEAR: Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid?” We marveled this morning as the shadow shifted along the moon’s surface but thanks to modern science we knew not to freakout, that is was just a shadow and it would be temporary. The moon stayed on course, it stayed moving in its orbit and it returned to the light. We do not need to be afraid when the darkness of change overshadows us. Don’t freeze up, keep moving towards God’s light and experience His salvation.
NO MORE: Isaiah 60:19-21 predicts a day when “No longer will you need the sun or moon to give you light, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and he will be your glory. The sun will never set; the moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever, for I will plant them there with my own hands in order to bring myself glory.” The super blue blood moon lunar eclipse day could be that day for you. “That day” Isaiah speaks of is when we move our lives out of the darkness into the light of God. Our brokenness can end and we can be made right again. We can have eternal assurance when Jesus makes his home in our heart and plants new life within us. The shadow of sin and death can not overtake us. Shadows become temporary in the light and life God extends through a relationship with his Son, Jesus.
If you are feeling overshadowed by your move or any other major life change, ask God to put you back in orbit around Jesus and patiently wait for the light to return.