I have been looking forward to today's Venus transit since I first heard about it last week. The geek in me loves this science stuff.
So this afternoon I wanted to see it live. Since I don't have any welder's glasses, I planned to watch it with sunlight shining through a hole onto a board. Theoretically, the image of the sun is projected through the hole onto the board. This works with a solar eclipse. Should work with a Venus transit, too.
About 5:45 this afternoon, it was partly cloudy. Unfortunately, the part with the clouds was blocking the sun. I waited, not too patiently, for a break in the clouds. Finally the moment came. I went outside and used my low-tech watching device.
I looked carefully at the image of the sun projected on my 1 x 8 board. Just looked like a round spot of sunlight. I strained to see that tiny speck, making its way across the face of the sun. I knew what to look for...but I could not find it.
Sometimes spiritual things feel like that to me. I eagerly anticipate God's intervention. I prepare to see it. I wait for the right time. I work through frustration and work around obstacles. Then, when I finally expect to see God at work, I can't see it. I have to believe that God is there, doing something, even though I can't see it.