What the Eclipse Showed Me about Following God

Today was the day the eclipse took place, the moon crossing the path of the sun and blocking it for a few, brief moments. My Facebook feed is filled with photos of strange shadows and pictures of the sun, and they’re amazing. Delightful and wondrous.

Unlike most of my friends and family, my pictures don’t look all that different from a normal, sunny day, but I’ve been thinking about the lunar-solar event all day:

What if we, as Christians, are like that sun? We have the power through God to pour life into others, to share warmth and energy and transform things.

But what happens if we let other things get in our way? Other’s opinions, distractions, or perhaps our own desire to shine somewhere else, in a different way, a different place can all block the light God has given us.

Jesus told us to “let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16), but if we let other things clutter our life and get in the way, we eclipse the very warmth and joy and life that God would have us share.

As I discovered today, sunshine can be cold. Low on energy, and weak, just because something is blocking it. And it doesn’t even have to be something bad. It could be something that, in a different place or priority in our lives, could be good and healthy and even shine God’s light in a new and different way, but when it blocks what God intends, it causes problems. Darkness instead of light. Dimness instead of daytime.

So what would happen if we decided not to have any more eclipses in our lives?

You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house.

Matthew 5:14-15

Copyright 2017 Andrea Lundgren

Photo by dierregi, Creative Commons

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