Today I want to take you on a symbolic journey and paint a picture of God’s faithfulness. This morning as I was driving to the office, the skies above were cloudy and gray. Though rain was not falling from the sky, the evidence of the storm lies all over the roads. But when I looked into the sky through my front windshield, I noticed the sun breaking through the center of the rain cloud, casting radiant streams of light down to the ground below. It never fails to produce a smile on my face and great joy in my heart every time I see that kind of natural beauty. It is angelic in its own special way.
If you look a little closer, you can see the parallel of a great lesson we can all learn from—that no matter what the storms of life may look like, or even if we have a hard time seeing God in our struggles, He is still there shining bright like the sun. After all, we know the sun never ceases to shine. It faithfully rises and sets every day, events we can rest assured will remain consistent no matter how dense the clouds may be. Even at night we have light that shines in the darkness via the moon and stars. Light is all around us.
Is there something weighing you down today, contributing to any doubt, anxiety, or fear of what’s to come next? Perhaps your struggle has made it difficult to see God’s goodness amidst the troubling circumstances. Maybe you have even found yourself doubting God’s faithfulness and provision in your life.
I challenge you now to look a little closer. Can you see a ray of Light piercing through the darkness? Can you see color amongst the various shades of gray? Invite the Lord to open the eyes of your heart that you may see what He sees. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you (James 4:8).
We all go through various seasons of life that don’t exactly bring us joy and excitement. Sometimes there are seasons of great darkness that make us question if we will ever make it to the greener grass. Look down to where you are standing now; how green is the grass beneath your feet? Though we may not see what tomorrow brings, let alone the next five minutes, we can find peace in knowing that God is present in this moment. He is the breath in our lungs, the beating of our heart, the comfort of a friend, the help of a health professional, the open and closed doors, the restored relationship, the warmth of the sun on our skin, the blue in the sky—an endless list of beauty and omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-12). Can you feel His presence today?
Take a look around. What are five things you can express gratitude towards in this present moment?
My prayer for you this week:
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Come What May by We Are Messengers