Seeing Through the Clouds

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

—Hebrews 13:8

Every morning, as we leave for language school, I turn to the left to catch a view of Mount Merbabu before turning right to begin our walk.  It is simply beautiful.  After growing up in the corn fields of Indiana, it is beyond me to live in these gorgeous mountains.  

Speaking through creation has been something I have asked God to do quite a bit in the last two years.  There’s just something about seeing things that could only be created by God that brings me joy and peace.  It’s a common denominator among all people.   His word states:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)

This morning as I turned to the left to catch my morning view, it wasn’t there.  The mountain had “disappeared.”  Or had it?

The photo collage above is two pictures from the same spot, just outside our driveway.  As I looked and couldn’t see my beautiful mountain, I felt reminded by God that even when we can’t see the beauty, it remains.

Even when our lives are clouded by trials and hardship, our God remains the same.  He never leaves, he never changes.  

Even when we can’t see clearly, hopefully we can recall when we did and trust that he will bring us through yet another season to clarity.  We have to build a foundation of faith in those clear times so that when the clouds come, we will stand firm, knowing that there is ALWAYS beauty to be seen.

These clouds bring a different kind of beauty, like shade from the heat and possibly, someday, some much needed rain to replenish the ground.  If we let Him, the storms of our life can to draw us closer and closer to God to be replenished by Him,  In our weakness, He is made strong. 

Are you feeling cloudy?  I challenge you to try to see beyond your circumstances to what God might be doing this very minute to draw you closer to Himself.

He is our only constant.  And I’m ok with that.  Are you?