For over two minutes, the moon completely covered the sun, immediately turning day into dusk.
As the sun’s corona peeked through the darkness, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
An electric energy filled my body and soul, as the thrill of joy rushed from the depths of my spirit and were released through my vocal chords, producing a shriek from a quiet, solid place.
For the rest of the day, I was full of life, ready to conquer my existence and dreams. I wrote seven pages in my journal and for the first time in a while, drew a sketch that mirrored my experience.
As the moon uncovered the sun, a new beginning was born. I was new, the world was new, everything was new.
Something happened to me during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Something happened in the world.
I don’t know about you, but I try to find meaning in EVERYTHING. Literally, everything. For me, the eclipse meant a new way of being, of connecting with the world, of interacting with God. Overall, it meant that we were going through a transition in the spiritual world.
Before and ever since the eclipse, there has been mass flooding in various African countries; threats and rumors of war with North Korea; wildfires in Montana and California; Hurricane Harvey and mass flooding in Houston, Texas and beyond; Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, tropical storm Joe on the cusp of becoming a hurricane, and tropical storm Katia right behind it.
In addition, the love of money has been exposed in some of the worst ways. After Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Of Mexico, displacing tens of thousands of people, a convenience store charged $99 for a case of water, $8.50 for a bottle of water and $20 for a gallon of gas; and some hotels increased their nightly rates to three or four times their usual rates. With Hurricane Irma on the way, airlines increased the cost of some flights from $500 to over $3,200. Gouging has been a common theme amongst these disasters, and it’s sickening.
All of this makes what the Bible says about Christ’s return more real. In the Gospels, Jesus describes what we can expect as we get closer to the second coming. As I thought about the natural disasters, hearts of people becoming cold toward one another and the evil of greed, I knew the Word had something to say about it.
Specifically, Luke 21:25-28 (AMPC) reads:
25 And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth [there will be] distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity [without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn] at the roaring (the echo) of the tossing of the sea,
26 Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and caused to totter.
27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great (transcendent and overwhelming) power and [all His kingly] glory (majesty and splendor).
28 Now when these things begin to occur, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption (deliverance) is drawing near.
It makes me wonder whether I’ll be here long enough to fulfill my purpose. It makes me think about how much worse things can (and probably will) get. Will I be strong enough to endure what I might have to endure, to do what I need to do to impact the world in the ways I have been called to do it? How much more dark, evil and perverse can our society get – putting property over humans, hate over love and wickedness over righteousness?
Sometimes it makes me want to give up, or give in to the pressure of it all.
I have so many questions, but I also stand on the fact that God tells me not to be weary in well doing. I know that if I can’t do it alone, it means that it will only happen with and through God.
So I hold on to Galatians 6:9 (AMPC), which offers comfort:
9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
So I’m not afraid, nor worried about what’s happening in the world. I do know, trust and believe that Jesus’ return is closer rather than farther. I don’t know what things will look like as the time nears, but I do know that I will always be kept safe in God’s loving arms.
How have recent world and national events impacted you? How do you keep going when it looks like your calling is impossible to carry out?
Be loved. Love you. Be love.
*Photo Credit: Nappy