Don't Let the Urgent Eclipse the Vital

Crises can overshadow our lives as if blocking out every other part of our existence. But just as the moon cannot shut out solar rays, problems cannot prevent God’s presence from remaining with us in times of trouble. When we cannot see light and truth, it is the most important time to remind ourselves that an eclipse is not a permanent stage. Even with persisting sorrows which stay part of our atmosphere, the phases will shift so we can experience moments of warmth or light as our struggle remains with us. We can later come to recognize the ways God sustains us by remaining part of our lives when we could not sense him, perhaps when we struggled to accept him as greater than the crisis.
 
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
— Romans 8:35-39

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