Cloudy, dark days

Happy Easter, Everyone! I hope that you have had a blessed and meaningful day! I have, and I’d like to share with you an insight that I had this morning. It was something that I already knew, but needed to be reminded of. Actually, the lesson began Friday night.

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that each Easter, I learn a new ‘thing’ about what happened on that first Easter. This year because I, like so many of you, have been going through some difficult and discouraging times, it has caused me to think about how Jesus’s disciples and the women who followed him must all have felt on Friday night after Jesus died and was buried, and the next day Saturday. They must have felt so helpless and hopeless on top of their grief over losing their close loved one. Matthew might have thought, “What do I do now? I left my job for this? I’ll never be able to get it back now that I’ve been with Jesus!” Peter might have thought, ” I loved him and then I DENIED him, and now I’ll never be able to make things right!” They all must have felt so terribly awful because they didn’t understand what Jesus had said about being resurrected. They didn’t know that SUNDAY WAS COMING!

Thinking about that has given me hope that we are going to see light at the end of our tunnels one of these days, and we will begin to emerge out into better times soon. Maybe very soon.

Then, to follow up on that, this morning my church met outdoors in a field at a ranch. As the pastor was preaching, I heard a plane flying overhead. I looked up but could not see it because it was very cloudy at the time. However, I am sure it was there as I heard it clearly. It reminded me again that there are times in our lives that the clouds may be very thick in our lives. We may feel like God has abandoned us because we are not seeing Him doing good (what we consider good) things in our lives. We read His Word, the Bible, and ‘hear’ him speak to us, but we still may cry out, “God, where are you?” But, like the airplane above the clouds this morning, we can be assured that God has not left us. We may not feel or see Him, but He is with us. David told his son, Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (1 Chronicles 28:20) Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Another thing happened this morning that also spoke to me. It was a partly cloudy morning, but when our praise team stood up to sing, the sun broke through the clouds. When the pastor stood up to preach, the sun was covered by clouds again, until…the praise team stood up again to sing after the sermon. Now, I do not want to take this too far because our pastor happened to preach a very good message, and it was from the Lord! However, the Lord did use the situation to remind me that when I am feeling discouraged, one of the best ways to dispel my fears and worries and gloom is to praise Him. That being said, I’d like to share a song with you that I heard just awhile ago as I was listening to the playlist that I’ve created on my phone. It is entitled “Way Maker”, and God truly is a Way Maker. Nothing is impossible for Him, and we need to remember that when we are “under the dark clouds” in our lives.

He can make a way for us when it seems impossible! And that is a track amongst the many in the sand that we should follow.

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