When You Wonder If The Sun’s Still Up There

On a cool, dreary day, the sky was covered with dark gray clouds as far as the eye could see. After almost a week of warm days and bright sunshine, the cloud cover seemed completely unnecessary.

Bright sunshine gives us warmth and energy. We feel better, think better and function better on the beautiful days. It’s easy to see the sunshine on days when the sky is clear and bright blue.

But what about on the days you’re not so sure the sun is really up there. It’s blocked out by rain clouds that are filled with thunder and lightning and rain. Hour after hour goes by, and that’s all it takes to work ourselves into a pretty good funk. Our brains convince us that this is it, it’s all over and we’ll never enjoy the sunshine ever again. (Yes, our brains can be pretty dramatic.)

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 2 Corinthians 5:7

This verse is from Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, and he was making the point that death itself shouldn’t cause terror or dread in the heart of a believer. We may not know what to expect at the time of our death, but we have hope and confidence that if we’re not alive on earth, we’ll be alive in heaven in the presence of the Lord. Either way, Paul says, we live and we have victory!

This verse is absolutely true in the context of Paul’s letter, and it applies to so many other areas of our Christian faith. We walk by faith, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is in control and our future is secure. We shouldn’t be walking by sight alone because our eyes deceive us. If our dramatic brains pair up with our deceitful eyes, we’ll be focused on the clouds and not the sunshine we know is still back there.

Are you wondering if the sun is still up there today? Have enough clouds passed through your corner of the world that you have forgotten what the sun even looks like? Then these are the moments when sight must be exchanged for faith. I pray that you’ll look beyond the clouds, and sometimes through a small opening when the clouds break apart a little, and see that the Lord is still on the throne. He’s still working everything for your good and His glory.

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