When we visited the Great Lakes in the fall of 2017, one of my favorite parts of our trip was the sunset cruise we took on Lake Superior. The cruise was hosted by the National Park Service and is the absolute best way to see Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Seeing the amazing cliffs and rock formations turn all shades of orange and red in the setting sun is truly a sight to behold. Couple that with the beauty of the sunset itself, and you have a perfect evening.
The sun is a constant reminder to me of God’s goodness and presence in my life. It’s also a reminder that God is with us, even when we can’t feel Him or see Him. Many times we are enjoying the light and warmth of the sun, and then it’s hidden by a cloud, or by a storm. It’s still there, doing its work, but we don’t see or feel it. Darkness comes and night falls. The light disappears from our sight, but it still exists and is working behind the scenes.
“For the LORD God is our sun and our shield.” Psalm 84:11a.
Here in Scripture, the Lord is referred to or described as the “sun,” and in fact, one of the names of Christ is the “Sun of Righteousness.” I think it’s interesting that the Psalmist reminds us that the Lord is our sun, because during this day, actual sun worship was not uncommon.
We are instructed in this verse that God is not only our shield (protection), but our sun – the light of our lives. He is the light of the world and He dispels darkness. He brings light to each and every situation.
Even when we can’t see God or feel Him, He is always working on our behalf behind the scenes, just like the sun continues to shine behind the darkest storms.