As I walked outside before the hint of dawn this morning, my usual greeting party was not there. Clouds covered my friends who twinkle in the dark morning sky. Only a bright half moon said, “Hello.”
But as I watched the clouds move I saw glimpses of stars hiding on the other side. Breaks in the clouds betrayed their mirage. The stars were not gone; they had not packed up to move to another planet. They were just on the other side of the clouds. The fiery balls of hope had never left their posts. The clouds had simply come between us distorting my vision.
I desperately appreciate my glittered sky when I wake before the sun. And I’m disappointed the mornings when clouds cover God’s heavenly masterpiece. But this morning, the reality of the unmovable stars simply masked by the thick vapor in the sky reminded me that God too is always present with me. I just can’t always feel Him because of something clouding my perception…something between us getting in the way.
What does this?
In my experience, some of the clouds that fogged my view were: Grief, sorrow, depression, fear, pride, bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, and sin just to name a few.
These have clouded my perception at some of the most difficult times in my life when I needed to feel Him the most.
Now I know.
He was there.
What clouds the presence of God in your life? When have you been unable to feel Him? Maybe you feel He is absent today. I pray this will encourage you to know He has not left His post.
Much grace and love,
How great is your goodness which you’ve stored up for those who fear you. Which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. in the shelter of your presence you hide them…Praise be to the lord for He has shown His wonderful love to me. (Psalm 31: 19,20a,21)