A dear friend had called to say she and her husband were separating. They’ve tried for years, but there was so much left to fix. My heart broke for their children, but the Lord encouraged my faith to pray.
A heavy black cloud stretched, like a pressing band, close to the horizon. I thought for sure the cloud would grow and eventually swallow every wisp of morning light. I thought of how hopeless my friend’s situation appeared, and the life-changing effect on the whole family.
Then this thought came: Before you focus on the battle, you must thoroughly believe you’re on the winning side.
Then I watched the wind effortlessly move that back cloud. First it thinned, then it began to dissipate, and then it completely moved out of sight.
It made me think of those times when we feel my prayers aren’t accomplishing a thing. But perhaps the Lord is in the process of thinning the darkness and stirring the wind? I need to be careful not to judge by what I see.
The horizon was clear for only a few minutes before new dark clouds rolled in. It made me think of those times when one strike after another hits our lives, and we wonder if the war will ever be over. “If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” my mother-in-law would say.
But again I watched the wind effortlessly moved the entire mass out of view.
It’s so easy to become overwhelmed when layer upon layer of problems hit our lives, but we must remember God knows the big picture, and He is not wringing His hands over our lives. I hear Him encouraging us to rest in the arms of the Victor.
(The light coming through the clouds is NOT photo-shopped – pretty amazing isn’t it?)
There will alway be clouds. Even the dark ones have their purpose. May we be encouraged today by His Word:
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
“Ah, Sovereign LORD, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.” (Jeremiah 32:17)
“This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. … For every child
of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. … “ (1 John:5-4)
“Father, give us faith to see the sun when dark clouds cover our horizons. Help us understand that we are in a spiritual battle. Make us be more war-aware, and hold tight to Your triumphant hand. In Jesus name, Amen.”