Yesterday I visited close friends in Virginia and enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing time. They asked me to stay over; but I had a desk full of responsibilities back home. Beside on my way up, I’d heard a weather report forecasting area rain and possible snow later in the day, and I couldn’t afford being snowbound in Virginia. Finally both husband and wife insisted I take a nap before getting on the road, and I obeyed.
When I prepared to leave, I was surprised how the weather had changed since lunch. The overcast was now dark and ominous. My friend had checked the weather while I napped and said I’d likely run into spots of heavy rain. In spite of the forecast, I hugged goodbye and got on the road.
Leaving the city limit, I stopped for gas and noted the temperature was dropping and the sky was darkening more. Less than five minutes later, something extraordinary happened!
About a few miles from the gas pumps, suddenly the sun appeared above the clouds with an almost blinding intensity. Its intensity was breath-taking. Although the sunlight was intense, I was still able to see everything before me. At no point was I so blinded I couldn’t see what was ahead. At one point, the sun was shining directly in my face. Strong and glaring, it yet emitted a comforting warmth; and as concerned as I had been about getting sleepy, I felt rejuvenated. I knew I would arrive home safely. Within minutes, the sunlight was gone. Subsequently, I saw little to no rain the entire trip home. Anytime ominous clouds appeared, they soon broke, allowing the sun to shine through but with less intensity. It was as a gentle reminder of the previous experience.
Reflecting on it at home, I felt a renewed sense of awe. I really can’t explain it. It was an occurrence you’d have to experience to fully comprehend it.
Later I remembered on last Sunday, the pastor at the church I visited began his pre-sermon comments by remarking on what a cloudy day it was but said if we could rise above the clouds we’d see the sun shining brightly. I remember wondering if he'd read my 2014 blog “Is the Sun Still Shining?” He iterated no matter how dark situations get, the “sun” is yet shining. Speaking with his own intensity, the pastor began to rejoice in the revelation as did the congregation as well.
Yesterday I was fully aware the unusually intense sunlight was different. I sensed I was in the presence of a revelation of God and from God. In my book on Esther, I discuss ways God “talks” to us. Call me whatever; but I recognize when ordinary is superseded by extraordinary; and this was extraordinary!
Some may not quite understand, but to those who sometime feel you’re living under ominous clouds of despair, despondence, or whatever, take hope. Seek that inner place of peace and trust…and quite unexpectedly you too might have a “light” experience.
Biblical Affirmation: … and the Lord will lighten my darkness. II Samuel 22:29