As I was driving home one evening, I watched a beautiful, peaceful sunset.
Day after day the clouds may cover the sunrises and sunsets making their appearance impossible. But they still exist. As we look up into the sky – only seeing thick gray clouds – we falsely describe what we see as the sun is simply not shining that day. But if you board a plane and watch as its nose begins to break through the lowest layer of clouds, what do you see? The sun. The sun continues to shine whether our eyes behold it or not. Through clouds, through rain and snow, through strong winds – even in the darkness – the sun still shines.
When our life seems to be covered by clouds of struggle we wonder if God is still there. We are fearful of the uncertainty that lies ahead. We cannot see God’s hand leading as we step into raging waters. He is still sovereignly working behind the gray-smeared or darkened sky, even when there seems to be no hope.
As days pass without the sun even peeking around a cloud, we seem to forget its complete existence; yet it’s still there – rising and setting as it always has and will. Likewise, trials come and we seem to question God’s presence in our life: His power, sovereignty, grace, love. But He is – as the rising and setting of the sun – ever faithful; through lowest of valleys, the rising of hills, the raging waters and the impossible mountains.
Just as the sun still rises and sets in the sky, His plan continues throughout our life.
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.