I woke up to a beautiful sunrise. Deciding to sit in the warm rays, I opened the blinds of my office window and let the light pour onto my desk. Within moments, a large cloud came from behind the house and blocked the sun completely.
The strange thing was, as the cloud began to move in front of the sun, my heart began to feel heavy. I wanted to feel the warm of the sun but only felt dreary and dark. Disappointed by the unexpected change in weather, I had given away my joy.
Has that ever happened to you? You expect things to turn out one way but when they don’t, you allow the situation to steal your joy? The odd thing is it can happen without us even realizing it.
When we spend our time focusing on the cloud, we fail to remember that the sun is still there. The sun remains steadfast and consistent, even when we can’t see it. Somewhere in our minds we think if the clouds are all we see, that must be all there is. What a flawed perspective!
Believer, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The sun will rise and set every day without fail, but God is even greater. Unlike the sun, God doesn’t leave us alone in the dark. Yes, there will be times when our sin separates us from feeling His presence. Yes, there are times when God chooses to be silent. And yes, there are things that happen in our lives that even break HIS heart. But He never leaves us.
Are you having a cloudy day? Do you feel separated from God? Believer, He is there above your current situation. Trust that He has not left you and allow that truth to bring you joy. As I wrote these last few lines, the sun peeked out from behind the cloud just for a moment. What a sweet reminder of a faithful God.
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10