Can’t you just almost see Him? God, right there. Shining. Radiant. Light.
But then I also think of Him when the sky looks like this:
Such magnificent beauty. How many different shades of blue can there be? He made all of them.
My thoughts turn to Him when the sky looks like this:
Ah, the sun reflecting beautifully on the water. The sun that never really goes away. Various things just move in front of it, obscuring our view, like this:
Clouds do that sometimes – make us think the sun will never again shine. The sun is still there though. Up there, behind the clouds.
And the clouds have purpose. Usually they bring much-needed rain to sustain life.
And to bring forth beauty.
Or just to make puddles. For kids and birds.
But what happens when the sky looks like this?
I guess it depends on where we are at the time. Just like our reaction to trials depends on where we are spiritually.
Where we are with Jesus.
And whether we get angry at the sun for allowing the storm cloud to overshadow it…
So much of God’s physical creation is a picture of our spiritual lives. As if He planned it that way.
Sometimes we can feel like we’re drowning in the sea of life’s difficulties…
But if we look up, the sun is there. The Son is there.
Sometimes the darkness threatens to devour the Light.
But the Son is there. Always there. Stronger than the darkness. Always stronger.
The clouds move away and the sun shines through. Shadows retreat when exposed to Light. Darkness departs and the Son triumphs.
Light vanquishes darkness.
I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. –Jesus, in John 12:46
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
Even when we feel the sun is not there, we can know it is. We can raise our focus from our feet to the sky and see. It is there.
And when we feel that God has left us, when we can see no light, we can look up. We can raise our eyes from our feet to our Father, and know.
He is there.
Even through clouds of despair and tempests of trials, He hasn’t moved. He is still there. And He is working. To send rains for growth and healing, strength and change.
He is there.
© Janice Powell 2013
Note: Although I wish I could take credit for these photos (and actually be lounging on the beach or gazing at the tulips), I confess they are Microsoft clipart.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963,1968,1971,1972, 1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.