As I walked outside last Thursday morning, I was greeted by a cloudy, gray, overcast day. Low hanging clouds made the landscape bleak. Conversely the vibrant colors of changing leaves against the sunny blue skies of the previous days had created an exquisitely picturesque scene; but on Thursday morning, all that was a memory. Outside conditions could very well have prompted someone to ask, "Is the sun still shining?"
Almost immediately, however, I was reminded of a wonderful assurance. Even though I could not see the clear blue sky nor the shining sun did not mean they were not still there. What had happened was the cloud cover had blocked my vision from seeing them.
So many times in life, obstacles, circumstances, situations, and even individuals may block our vision from seeing what is true; but they cannot make what is true any less true. Just because we may be tempted to feel God is not there with us in our time of need does not mean that He is not. It may be that our vision is blocked by outside appearances preventing us from "seeing" Him. Psalm 46 assures us God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Chapter 5 of my book Four Timeless Message to 21th Century Women and Men is titled, “You Don’t Have to See Him, He’s There.”
When faced with gray, overcast, and clouds that will surely come in life, we have to know this: beyond the seen of our natural eyes remains the glory of the unseen to behold through eyes of truth, trust, and faith. The victory, therefore, over the bleak days of life is realizing they are only temporary. Beyond them, the sun of the Son still shines and the sky is still clear blue no matter how it looks to us. They will return.
Affirmation: For we walk by faith, not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7