From the Pastor’s Heart
I recently read a beautiful story about an eclipse that reminded me of reassuring truth found in Scripture. A young girl who lived in the Alps was tending a flock of sheep on the mountainside at 6 o’clock on a bright summer morning. The sun had risen, and everyone thought the day was going to be cloudless and bright. But gradually the light darkened until the sun completely disappeared from view.
A black orb took the place of the glowing disc, the air grew chill, and a mysterious gloom pervaded the countryside. The girl was so terrified by the unusual circumstance, that she started to cry out loudly for help. Her parents and other friends who came at her call did not know anything about an eclipse, so they were also alarmed; but they tried to comfort her as best they could.
After a short time, the darkness disappeared from the face of the sun, and it shone brightly as before. Then the girl exclaimed “O beautiful sun!”
When I read that story, I thought that when my heart feels like it’s experiencing an eclipse, and the presence of Christ seems to have gone for a while and then returned, how beautiful the Son seemed—brighter and fairer than before the temporary darkness. Jesus seemed to shine with a more intense light than ever, and my soul shouted in ecstasy, “O beautiful Sun of righteousness!”
Hard times are not forever. “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NLT). “After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” (1 Peter 5:10 NLT).
One man said his favorite verse in the Bible was “It came to pass.” Then he explained, “When I’m pestered by trouble, I pick up the blessed book of the living God and I never read very far before I come across those blessed words, ‘It came to pass,’ and I say ‘praise the Lord, it didn’t come to stay.’”
Whether coronavirus or some other calamity, trouble doesn’t hang around forever. When clouds eclipse the sun, darkness will not last long. “For you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture” (Malachi 4:2 NLT).