It was a terribly dreary day here yesterday, one of those days where it won’t rain, but the air is wet. There was a little drizzle here and there, but that was it, just all around gloomy. Today, started off with some fog, but the fog and clouds quickly burned off and the sun began to shine. As I began my walk today, I was thanking God for the sunshine and I noticed there were still some clouds around, but nothing very ominous.
As I was praying about some chaos and uncertainty that I have been dealing with lately, it began to rain. It was really bizarre. There were some big fat drops and then a very slow, but steady drizzle. The clouds were fluffy and white. I couldn’t figure out how it was even raining. I continued on my walk as I pondered the, literally, out of the blue sky, rain. I kept my eyes focused on the sun and never lost my stride.
Whether to keep walking forward or turn back seemed like a no-brainer as long as I could see the sun shining. It dawned on me that our faith walk is much like my physical walk. We get on the path with Jesus and things go smoothly. Sometimes there’s not a cloud in the sky. Sometimes there’s thunder and lightning and we spend a lot of time on our knees praying for the storms to pass.
Then there are other times when life seems to be going just perfectly and we get rain from out of nowhere. Those are possibly the hardest times, because they are unexpected. At least with thunderstorms, we usually get some warning. It’s when the skies are cloudless, that we get caught off guard. But, as long as we keep our focus trained on God, we can whether those showers too.
On my return walk, some clouds had moved in and obscured the sun. I could still see it, but it wasn’t as bright. That reminded me of the importance of growing our faith during the sunny quiet times. Even when we can’t see the sun, we know it’s there. When times are tough and we sometimes can’t feel the presence of God, faith tells us He’s still there. Faith teaches us that He’s working hard and loving us and that He has a plan for us even when we can’t feel it or see it. It’s no different from knowing that the sun is still there even when I can’t feel its warmth on my face.
Life, like the weather, is incredibly unpredictable, but our faith acts as an ever-present sun, helping us grow and lighting our way, no matter how dark or wet it gets. The Bible says, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
It doesn’t say we will never be surrounded by darkness, but it does say He is light, so if we stay focused on God, then we never have to remain in the dark and I find that to be very comforting.
Have an awesome day!