Today there was an eclipse which was visible from the UK. The moon was in the right position and at the right angle to block out the sun and here in Colchester, the clouds were in the right position to block out everything.
The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun and yet it can block it out completely which is incredible. If the moon was really close to the sun, it would appear just as a dot when they were aligned. The fact that it is a lot closer to us means that it can block off an object which is further away.
You can try this principle for yourself. Look at a reasonably large object wherever you are now eg TV screen, computer screen, chair etc. Stretch out your arm towards it and make a fist and notice how much smaller your fist is than the object. Now move your fist towards your face (not too fast, because that could be painful) and then notice how your fist which is much smaller completely blocks out your view of the larger object.
When we hold things close, they can seem out of all proportion. Perhaps we have a problem that is causing us stress, but the more that we fixate on it rather than focusing on the way forward, then the more it will overwhelm us because it is all that we can see.
When we focus just on the negative, holding it close, then we forget the many wonderful things that are happening around us everyday. When we are focused just on the negative, it is easy to forget God, who he is and the way he wants to be involved, comforting, supporting and guiding us.
As we approach Easter, we are especially reminded that although our sin separates us from God that God has provided a solution in the sacrificial death of Jesus.
Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2.13)
It is amazing that God loves us so much that he was willing to overcome the barrier between us at a great cost to himself.
In the eclipse today, it felt cold and darker than usual. It didn’t feel like ideal conditions to live, in order to feel happy and to flourish.
Without God, I believe that life will feel cold and dark and these aren’t ideal conditions to live, in order to feel happy and to flourish.
If we believe in God and that he is with us and present in all that we are going through, then I hope that we will focus on him. As we look to God, I hope that we will continue to believe that he is greater than anything else that we may be facing.
I hope that the music and images in this video will inspire you.