It’s an unsettling world we live in today. Sometimes our country and even my own “people” seem upside down from where I think they should be. Those I believe share the same ideology and world view as me may have a different perspective on certain issues. I feel off-balance, not knowing who I feel I can trust to have the best interests of others in mind. Do you feel this way sometimes? Where is God in all this uncertainty?
When I get entangled in the web of endless confusion that is life today, I try to take a step back and see the big picture.
My husband was a pilot for many years. There were things about this career choice that wouldn’t have worked for me. For example, turbulence. My stomach wouldn’t have wanted to deal with all that. I don’t even like rollercoasters!
There was something that I really envied about his work, though. Whenever he was flying, he could get up above the clouds (most of the time) to appreciate the bright sun shining and clear blue sky as far as the eye could see. What a fabulous view, right?
Here’s the thing: the sun is always there and the blue sky is always there, but if it’s a cloudy, stormy day, we can’t see it. The sun isn’t gone, but something ominous stands between us that blocks our view.
We can stay focused on the storm and wonder where the sun is. We can complain about it. We can tell people it’s been “forever” since we’ve seen the sun and question whether it’s still there. We can live in fear of where the lightning will strike next. We can stay trapped inside because we don’t want to be out in the squall. The dark dampness can make us feel like we’ll never feel the warmth of the sun again.
But the TRUTH is, the sun is there, where it always has been and always will be, and you’ll be able to see it once again when the sky begins to clear.
In these perpetual pandemic days we are in, we can sometimes wonder where God is in all this.
We can stay focused on the clouds and the storms that are raging now and complain, and feel trapped, and far from God.
Or we can be confident that God is still on the throne, even when His presence isn’t evident to us. We can pray for the strength and protection needed to weather the tempest. We can remind others that even though we may not see His hand or hear His voice calming the storm, we know God is in control and in time, we’ll see how near He has always been.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Psalms 84:11 NLT