The moon does travel elliptically around the Earth and at different dates there is a difference of 48,110 Kilometres in distance from earth. In the scheme of things this does not account for the perceived difference in size, but only exaggerates the illusion. It’s all the fault of your brain deceiving your eyes. The perception is that the full moon looks much bigger at moonrise than when it’s nearer its zenith because of distant buildings, hills or trees in the line of sight heightening the effect. Scientists have proved this theory by photographing the moon as it rises first at the horizon and later at its zenith. When the moon is measured in the photographs the diameters are identical.
Myth busted: Contrary to our brains interpretation, when photographed the moon remains the same size. In the same way that the moon seems further away at its zenith, sometimes God feels further away, but like the moon illusion this is a deception in our thinking. To us it feels like we are in a season of dryness and it feels as if the Holy Spirit has departed from us but again this is a trick of the mind.
The scriptures clearly teach that the Holy Spirit does not depart (Isa 59:21) from the temple of our innermost being, (Jn 7:38) like in a marriage he is committed to us. The bible promises that he will not leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5) and once we are baptised in the Holy Spirit we are sealed until the day of redemption
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Myth Busted: There are lots of reasons why we can feel dry but it’s not because God has abandoned us and biblically there is no such thing as a ‘season of dryness.’ Psa 1:3
The Holy Spirit is committed to us and always available but like the moon we can still feel distant. In the same way sometimes my wife and I can feel ‘alone together’ especially if we disagree about something. In the same way we can grieve the Holy Spirit if we do something wrong forgetting to say sorry and change our ways.
The bible teaches that the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth,(1Jn 2:27) and sometimes we can feel dry if the Holy Spirit is trying to lead us somewhere but we have not followed. We simply need to seek him and find the new oasis of his presence that he is leading us to.
Sometimes we can feel distant from the Holy Spirit because we have deceived ourselves in our thinking and again we need to trust the scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to jailbreak us from our wrong concepts.
Don’t even entertain the concept that Christians go through unexplained seasons of dryness, it is simply not biblical. If you believe in seasons of spiritual dryness, you are being robbed of your inheritance and rendered powerless in broad daylight. Never believe the lie that somehow God abandons us, why else would Jesus die for us while we were still yet sinners. If you feel distant from the Holy Spirit, talk to him and ask him why? But know this, you can be confident that he is right there in your innermost being and you always have access to the mind of Christ. (1Cor 2:15-16)
Our faith rests upon trusting in God’s word as the truth and not on feelings and perceptions. (Heb 11:1)