“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31.6 (KJV)
The transit of Mercury across the face of the sun on Monday the 9th May is hardly likely to shut schools or merit another Bank Holiday, but for some people it’s an interesting astronomical event. (Transits of Mercury occur in May or November. The last three occurred in 1999, 2003 and 2006; the next will occur on Nov 11TH 2019.)
This event will not be observable without equipment – along with the usual ‘great care’ of warning us not to look directly at the sun. So this occurrence will live up to its name: it will transit, and then after a bit of interest it will be over and forgotten except for the record books.
This reminds me that so much of life itself is fleeting. Even the recent great achievement of Leicester City in winning the Premier League will pass into history (although of course remaining in the hearts of many). The spotlight of news briefly illuminates these fleeting events and then moves on to the next newsworthy occasion as our life seems to move ever faster.
Alfred Lord Tennyson in The Brook writes, ‘Men may come and men may go, but I go on for ever.’ For Christians, the ‘I’ could better relate to Jesus who is constant in the flux of human life and who, although not always in the hearts of mankind, is The One who will never leave us and will never forsake us.
So Mercury will transit across the face of the sun and then move on and nothing can stop it, and our life itself will transit along with its amazing kaleidoscope of events. But God will never move on, and He will always be with His beloved creation come rain or come shine, and come what may.
Thank You, Father, for being our constant Light who has no shadow of turning and who is always with us.
Study by Tony Goudie
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed Church
CHELMSFORD CM2 7HH
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